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January 20, 2009
Olin says that it will not reopen its 197,000 electro chemical units (ECU)/year chlor-alkali plant in St. Gabriel, LA due to the current economic downturn. The facility has been shut...
January 15, 2009
AkzoNobel has made an irrevocable bid to acquire chlor-alkali and derivatives company LII Europe (Frankfurt) from a group of investors. The deal is expected to close by the end of this...
January 13, 2009
Olin has declared force majeure on chlor-alkali products shipped from the company’s Henderson, NV facility until further notice. Force majeure was declared due to an...
January 13, 2009
Low Operating Rates Keep Supply Tight The tight caustic soda supply that characterized much of 2008 is expected to persist through the first quarter of 2009. Several producers...
December 22, 2008
Dow Chemical says it will permanently close its Pittsburg, CA; King’s Lynn, U.K.; and Varennes, PQ latex manufacturing plants. Dow says it transferred most employees from these...
December 22, 2008
Demand for chlor-alkali and chlorine should continue to weaken throughout 2009 before improving slightly in 2010, with a full recovery coming in 2011-2012, says Eric Linak, Senior...
December 12, 2008
Shintech (Houston) says it has selected HPD (Plainfield, IL) to supply a salt crystallization plant and a caustic soda concentration system as part of an expansion of Shintech’s...
December 9, 2008
Dow says engineering costs related to a planned joint venture petrochemical complex in Oman will be written down, and that it will sell its automotive protection and dampening business in Europe, a maker of acoustical foams....
October 27, 2008
Chlor-alkali and derivatives company LII Europe (Frankfurt) has filed for insolvency at a Frankfurt court. “We are very optimistic that it will be possible to continue operations...
October 20, 2008
Up and running: Bayer’s plant at Baytown has restarted caustic soda production. Chemical plants along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coasts continue to recover from manufacturing...
October 20, 2008
Dow Chemical says that shipments of membrane- and diaphragm-grade caustic soda from its Freeport, TX and Plaquemine, LA chlor-alkali plants were restored to pre-hurricane allocation...
October 14, 2008
Bayer MaterialScience says it has lifted its force majeure on its liquid caustic soda, anhydrous and  hydrochloric acid solution...
October 7, 2008
PolyOne and Olin say that a September 17 force majeure on caustic soda shipments from SunBelt Chlor-alkali Partnership plant...
October 2, 2008
Effective October 1, Dow Chemical says membrane and diaphragm grade shipments of caustic soda from its Freeport, TX and Plaquemine, LA were restored to pre-hurricane levels of 90%. Dow declared force majeure on caustic soda from its Freeport, TX chlor-alkali facility...
September 19, 2008
Bayer MaterialScience says it has declared force majeure on products produced by its polyurethanes; coatings, adhesives, specialties; polycarbonates; and inorganic chemicals business units due to the effects of Hurricane Ike on its operations at Baytown, TX....
September 18, 2008
Olin says it is lifting its September 10 force majeure declaration on chlorine, caustic soda, and hydrogen from its St. Gabriel, LA facility. Normal shipments from St. Gabriel are expected to resume immediately, but force majeure has been declared on caustic soda from its Sunbelt Chlor-alkali Partnership plant...
September 8, 2008
Westlake says it will invest $250 million-$300 million to build a membrane-process, chlor-alkali plant at its Geismar, LA vinyls complex by the first half of 2011. The plant will have...
September 8, 2008
Bayer MaterialScience says that on August 11 it ended caustic soda order control for all NAFTA customers supplied from its Baytown, TX chlor-alkali plan. Bayer’s caustic soda...
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