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March 21, 2016
Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) is increasing the offlist price in North America of its Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizer by 2 cts/lb on 1 April. The company cites higher operating costs, particularly raw materials....
March 21, 2016
Eastman (Kingsport, TN) has announced a  3 ct/lb (7 ct/kilogram) global increase in glycol ether prices, effective 1 April. The products affected are ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, which Eastman markets as EB solvent, and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether, marketed as DB solvent....
March 21, 2016
Trinseo says that private equity firm Bain Capital (Boston) will sell 9.6 million shares in the company in a secondary public offering, cutting its stake in Trinseo to 58.6%, from...
March 18, 2016
 Braskem Idesa, the 75-25 joint venture between Braskem and Grupo Idesa, started injecting ethane today at their Etileno XXI cracker project at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. The jv...
March 18, 2016
The growing aromatics industry in Kuwait faces stiff competition from the gasoline pool for quality feedstock, says Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co. (KPPC) CEO Mahmoud Al Qattan. In a...
March 18, 2016
Lower-cost energy and ample ethylene supply mean that North America's styrene producers should be investing in new capacity to maximize their export potential, according to David...
March 18, 2016
The use of biobased intermediates instead of petroleum-based feedstocks could provide a vital lifeline for an otherwise struggling nylons industry, according to Bob Merrill...
March 18, 2016
New capacity is vital to the long-term health of the acrylonitrile industry, but the timing of the next build is critical to avoid lengthening the market, as has been the case in...
March 17, 2016
Concerns around volatile energy and economic scenarios appears to have caused a collective pause in new chemical industry investment, says Mark Eramo, v.p. with IHS Chemical. That...
March 17, 2016
Too much on-purpose propylene capacity is being built, but the market will absorb the new supply in 2018 and remain balanced through 2020, says Chuck Carr, global business director/propylene at IHS Chemical. Carr spoke Thursday at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference 2016 in Houston....
March 17, 2016
Operating rate is the most critical issue facing the global ethylene market, says Steve Lewandoski, business director/olefins at IHS Chemical. “Any demand gain or supply disruption over the next five years will push the global ethylene supply system into a volatile market at a minimum and possibly into an infeasible situation,” he says....
March 17, 2016
Ineos is entertaining the possibility of exporting ethylene from the United States. “There’s uncertainty in the wave of ethylene coming on,” says Dennis Seith, CEO and president/olefins and polymers, United States at Ineos. “Perhaps it will be long. We think it could be. Does that mean we have an ethylene tank opportunity in the US?”...
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