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December 22, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC Co. (Seoul) plan to merge their polyurethane (PU) raw material businesses into a joint venture by 1 April 2015. Mitsui president and CEO Tsutomu Tannowa and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/methylene_dipara_phenylene_isocyanate/Mitsui-Chemicals-SKC-to-merge-polyurethane-material-businesses_66382.html
December 21, 2014
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) said in Friday that it has formed two joint venture companies in Mexico with Mario Martinez Barone, a Mexican businessman. Indorama Ventures holds a 51%...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-Ventures-forms-two-jvs-in-Mexico_66381.html
December 19, 2014
Ineos Technologies has licensed its Innovene polypropylene (PP) process for manufacturing PP homopolymers and random and impact copolymers to the Full-Tech (Changzhou) Chemistry &...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Ineos-licenses-polypropylene-technology-to-China_66368.html
December 18, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) plans to build a polyethylene (PE) pilot plant at its research and development facility in Bartlesville, OK. CPChem expects to begin construction in 2015.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/CPChem-to-build-PE-pilot-plant-at-Bartlesville-OK_66295.html
December 18, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical France, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, has confirmed that it plans to close the regular butyl rubber unit at the company's Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France complex. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/ExxonMobil-Chemical-to-close-butyl-rubber-unit-in-France_66289.html
December 17, 2014

OxyChem (Dallas, TX) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 jv, Ingleside Ethylene, began construction of its 540,000 m.t./yr ethane cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, TX, complex in the second quarter of 2014. The $1.5 billion project remains on schedule to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017, they say.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/OxyChem-Mexichem-cracker-jv-has-begun-construction_66275.html
December 17, 2014
Combined polyolefin exports from the United States and Canada tumbled in October, according to data compiled by Veris Consulting for the ACC Plastics Industry Producers' Statistics Group. Overall sales results were mixed....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Steep-October-decline-for-US-Canada-polyolefin-exports_66221.html
December 10, 2014
Sohar Port and Freezone (Sohar, Oman) has struck a deal with Oman International Petrochemical Industry Co. (Ompet; Muscat) for a facility that will manufacture purified terephthalic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Ompet-reaches-agreement-for-PTA-PET-project-in-Oman_66020.html
December 10, 2014
Global Bioenergies has produced bio-sourced propylene via fermentation. The company says it has created a proprietary prototype strain that is able to convert glucose into...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Global-Bioenergies-succeeds-in-making-bio-sourced-propylene_65981.html
December 9, 2014
US production of major plastic resins totaled 6.40 billion lbs during October, a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 1.2%, according to ACC. However, production for the first 10 months dropped 2.5% YOY, to 62.0 billion lbs....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ACC-reports-October-increase-in-US-resin-production_65994.html
December 5, 2014
Elopak (Oslo), a leading liquid food packaging supplier, has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of these cartons...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Elopak-to-use-renewable-polyethylene-in-beverage-cartons_65916.html
December 3, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has begun to ramp up operating rates at its new 300,000-m.t./year toluene diisocyanate (TDI) unit at Dormagen, Germany, ahead of an official inauguration of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/Bayer-readies-TDI-plant-at-Dormagen_65810.html
December 3, 2014
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA), formerly Styron, has announced price decreases for all polystyrene (PS) and copolymer grades in Europe, effective immediately or as existing contract terms...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Trinseo-announces-PS-ABS-price-decreases-in-Europe-after-December-benzene-contract-drops_65808.html
December 2, 2014
Lion Copolymer (Lion; Geismar, LA) has completed the acquisition of Ashland’s elastomers business, which was announced in early October. The business, which is based at Port Neches, TX, will be renamed Lion Elastomers....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Lion-Copolymer-completes-Ashland-elastomers-acquisition_65761.html
November 27, 2014
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petchems player, has developed new grades of solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) and will likely make these new products at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Sibur-to-commercialize-new-grades-of-solution-styrene-butadiene-rubber_65712.html
November 26, 2014
Ineos has declared force majeure on polyethylene (PE) out of its site at Grangemouth, UK, market sources have said. Market observers say that there are "operational issues"...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sources-Ineos-declares-force-majeure-on-PE-out-of-Grangemouth_65695.html
November 24, 2014
EPA has issued two final proposed greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration (GHG PSD) construction permits to M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) to build a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/EPA-issues-GHG-PDS-permits-to-M-and-G-Chemicals-PET-project-in-Texas_65645.html
November 21, 2014
Carbios (Clermont-Ferrand, France) has used its proprietary enzymatic process to depolymerize 90% of polylactic acid (PLA) material –a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Carbios-achieves-PLA-depolymerization-process-in-48-hrs_65624.html
November 19, 2014
The first units at BASF's new toluene diisocyanate (TDI) complex—currently under construction at Ludwigshafen—will be mechanically complete by the end of 2014...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/BASF-TDI-project-at-Ludwigshafen-to-reach-completion-by-year-end_65534.html
November 19, 2014
BASF has completed the sale of its 50% share in Styrolution to its partner, Ineos. Relevant merger control approvals have been granted. Styrolution was founded in October 2011 as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/BASF-completes-divestment-of-50-percent-stake-in-Styrolution-to-Ineos_65477.html
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