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January 16, 2015
Market sources are expecting February orders for polypropylene (PP) in the US market to be made more difficult to fulfil by recent production issues and planned turnarounds that are...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/PP-production-issues-expected-to-challenge-US-market-in-February_66924.html
January 12, 2015
Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical (PCEC) has started up a polyethylene (PE) plant in Shaanxi Province, China, says the plant's contractor, Wison Engineering (Shanghai). The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Chinese-firm-start-up-PE-plant_66734.html
January 9, 2015
Sabic's European regional subsidiary is encountering "system issues," and the company does not yet know when these issues will be fully resolved and when business will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sabic-Europe-encounters-system-issues-at-Europe-production-sites_66716.html
January 8, 2015
Japan imported 55,827 m.t. of natural rubber in November, 12.9% lower versus 64,075 m.t. in October, The Rubber Trade Association of Japan (RTAJ) says. Oversupply concerns continued to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japan-imports-less-natural-rubber-in-November-synthetic-rubber-imports-mostly-up_66639.html
January 5, 2015
Equate Petrochemical, a joint venture among Petrochemical Industries Co. (Kuwait City), Dow Chemical, Boubyan Petrochemical Co., and Qurain Petrochemical Industries, today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Equate-completes-turnaround-and-first-phase-of-polyethylene-expansion-project_66537.html
January 5, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical Co., a Saudi producer of propylene and polypropylene, today reported its preliminary 2014 results. The company reports fourth-quarter net profit increased 24%...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Advanced-reports-higher-profits_66539.html
January 5, 2015
National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NatPet; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia) will shut its propylene and polypropylene (PP) complex at Yanbu on 25 January for scheduled maintenance, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/NatPet-to-shut-PP-complex-this-month-for-maintenance_66529.html
December 31, 2014
Americas Styrenics says it is cutting transaction prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) by 9 cts/lb, effective 1 January. The cut will “supersede all previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Americas-Styrenics-cuts-polystyrene-prices_66518.html
December 22, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC (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 SKC...
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
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