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August 30, 2013
The summer of 2013 has been a washout for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the United States, according to analysts at IHS Chemical. With bottle season over, demand will drop, but prices will retain their upward momentum for the next month or so, boosted by rising feedstock costs. PET producers have nominated increases of 3-4 cents/lb. for September....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/IHS-Chemical-US-PET-set-to-rise-despite-weak-demand_54848.html
August 30, 2013
Faced with the unfamiliar challenge of ethane supply limitations, producers in the Mideast are shifting attention to heavier feedstocks and higher value-added products, according to The IHS Chemical World Analysis—Ethylene 2014. The situation contrasts with that in North America, where the petrochemical industry, revived by abundant shale energy resources, has surged back after a decade of decline....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-Chemical-Ethane-constraints-drive-Mideast-producers-to-heavier-feedstocks-higher-value-added-derivatives_54820.html
August 30, 2013
Market speculation has resurfaced over the future of Total's steam cracker at Carling, France, according to a report from French financial newspaper Les Echos. A refinery and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Report-Speculation-resurfaces-about-possible-closure-of-Totals-Carling-cracker_54844.html
August 30, 2013
Potash producer K+S (Kassel, Germany) has warned employees that it will shortly announce new cost-cutting proposals to cope with the decline in potash prices caused by the collapse of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-CEO-warns-employees-to-prepare-for-more-cost-cutting-following-collapse-of-potash-cartel_54843.html
August 30, 2013
Petrochemical sales volume in Brazil was up 2.46% year-on-year (YOY) in June and July, according to Abiquim (São Paulo), the country's chemical industry association. Domestic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Brazils-domestic-petchem-sales-up-2-46-percent-in-June-July_54839.html
August 30, 2013
Tensions between Russia and Belarus escalated on Thursday with Russia saying it will cut oil supplies to Belarus and Belarus investigators claiming they have reason to open a criminal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Potash-conflict-between-Russia-and-Belarus-escalates-Update_54831.html
August 28, 2013
Industrial action could lift prices of petrochemical products transported along rivers and canals in Germany, market sources say. Ver.di, a trade union, says it has appealed to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Industrial-action-at-Germanys-canal-locks-boosts-petrochemical-prices_54796.html
August 28, 2013
PhosAgro (Moscow) says it has completed construction of the second Yuksporsky tunnel at the company’s Apatit phosphate-producing complex's Kirovsk mine. Apatit CEO...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-completes-infrastructure-project-on-way-to-raising-phosphate-ore-capacity-at-Apatit_54792.html
August 28, 2013
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) reports net income of $107.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, down 44% compared with the year before. Net income also...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/SQMs-second-quarter-net-income-shrinks-44-percent_54787.html
August 28, 2013
Elemental Minerals (Perth, Australia), a minerals exploration company with rights to the Sintoukola potash project in the Republic of Congo (ROC), said today that it has received a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Elemental-gives-update-on-takeover-by-Dingyi-receives-environmental-approval-for-Congo-potash_54786.html
August 28, 2013
Fertilizer capacity in the Middle East is expected to grow to 50.4 million m.t./year by 2016 compared with 31.4 million m.t./year in 2012, a more than 60% increase, according to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mideast-fertilizer-industry-will-be-impacted-by-North-American-shale-gas-GPCA-says_54783.html
August 28, 2013
Alexander Voloshin, chairman of Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), the potash producer embroiled in a dispute with Belarus authorities following Uralkali’s decision to quit...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-chair-says-CEO-detention-is-outrageous-and-calls-for-his-immediate-release_54780.html
August 27, 2013
Shell Chemical has begun accepting bids from ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in Pennsylvania, according to a company statement issued on 27 August.
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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-taking-bids-from-ethane-suppliers-for-proposed-Pennsylvania-cracker_54779.html
August 27, 2013
PKN Orlen (Płock, Poland) is carrying out preparatory work for the development of an additional phenol production unit at the company's Płock refinery and petrochemicals complex, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phenol/PKN-Orlen-seeks-contractors-to-build-phenol-plant_54764.html
August 27, 2013
PhosAgro (Moscow) announced today that it has completed the consolidation of Apatit (Murmansk, Russia), a producer of high-grade phosphate rock. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-completes-takeover-of-phosphate-rock-producer-Apatit_54765.html
August 27, 2013
Uralkali (Berezniki Russia) has confirmed that its CEO Vladislav Baumgertner on 26 August was taken into custody in Minsk, Belarus in accordance with investigative procedures launched...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-confirms-detention-of-CEO-Russia-warns-Belarus-over-arrest_54754.html
August 26, 2013
Reuters today reported that Belarusian authorities have detained Vladislav Baumgertner, CEO of Uralkali, on suspicion of abusing his position and official powers, according to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Report-Uralkali-CEO-detained-in-Belarus-investigators-to-seize-company-assets-Update_54740.html
August 26, 2013
Allana Potash Corp (Toronto) announced today that it has signed formal mandate letters with prospective lenders for loans representing over 60–65% of the debt financing needed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Allana-moves-forward-with-financing-for-Ethiopian-potash-project_54741.html
August 23, 2013
Petrobras has started production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) at its Pernambuco, Brazil, complex, the company announced. The plant is Brazil's only operating PTA facility. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Petrobras-starts-production-of-PTA-at-Pernambuco-complex_54692.html
August 23, 2013
Azomures plans a major revamp of its urea manufacturing complex at Tirgu Mures, Romania. The company has been working with the Czech contractor Chemoprojekt on the project...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Stamicarbon-to-revamp-and-expand-urea-plant-in-Romania_54710.html
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