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September 25, 2009
For the third consecutive month, average operating rates at U.S. chlor-alkali plants rose in August, jumping to 85%, a 6-percentage point increase from July, says the Chlorine...
September 23, 2009
European chlorine production in August fell about 7% from July levels, to 768,963 tons, and was about 16% lower compared with August 2008, says European chlor-alkali industry group...
August 26, 2009
Olin says it has completed its $170-million conversion and expansion project at its St. Gabriel, LA chlor-alkali facility. The project includes expanding chlor-alkali production at the...
August 25, 2009
Average operating rates at U.S. chlor-alkali plants jumped for the second consecutive month, rising to 79% in July, a 2-percentage point increase from June, says the Chlorine Institute...
August 17, 2009
FMC says it will increase off-list soda ash prices in order to "recover cost increases." Both bulk and packaged soda ash will increase by $10/ton for all grades of...
August 14, 2009
Start up firm AFC Energy (Cranleigh, U.K.) says it has begun offering chemical firms an alkaline fuel cell system that can efficiently convert their waste hydrogen into...
August 12, 2009
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) says it will add FMC to its S&P 500 stock index after the close of trading on August 18. FMC will replace Centex Corp. (Dallas), a residential...
August 3, 2009
Italian government-appointed experts running Vinyls Italia (Porto Marghera, Italy), the former Ineos Vinyls Italia, have submitted a report on the troubled vinyl chloride monomer (VCM)...
July 30, 2009
FMC says it will continue to curtail soda ash production at its Granger, WY facility. The company announced in April that it would temporarily suspend operations at Granger to...
July 29, 2009
OSHA today announced the launch of its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for the chemical sector, saying it will initially focus on facilities in New England, the Midwest, and the...
July 29, 2009
Vinnolit (Ismaning, Germany) says it has completed conversion of its chlor-alkali plants at Gendorf and Knapsack, Germany from mercury-cell to membrane-cell technology. The...
July 17, 2009
Ineos ChlorVinyls says it has declared force majeure on vinylchloride monomer (VCM) from its Rafnes, Norway facility due to a recent major power failure that "significantly...
July 8, 2009
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) says it permanently shut down its hydrochloric acid (HCL) electrolysis unit at Baytown, TX on July 6. “The closure of the unit will lower costs and...
July 8, 2009
AGC Chemicals (Thailand) (Bangkok) is investing Baht 400 million ($11.7 million) to build a chlor-alkali plant at its Samutprakarn, Thailand manufacturing complex. The company has...
June 29, 2009
Olin says it increased the off-schedule prices for chlorine by $75/ton in the U.S. and Canada, on June 25 or as contracts allow. Schedule pricing will be adjusted to $620/ton FOB at...
June 25, 2009
Ineos ChlorVinyls says it will increase the price of suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) in Europe by €130/ton on July 1 due to rising raw material costs and weak demand for...
June 12, 2009
Solvay says its Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires) subsidiary has started up the previously announced $150-million expansion of its 170,000 m.t./year chlor-alkali unit at Santo André...
June 12, 2009
PPG Industries has declared force majeure on chlorine shipments from its Lake Charles, LA and Natrium, WV facilities, due to electrical problems at both sites. The company says it is...
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