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April 29, 2014
Lion Copolymer (Geismar, LA) has completed an engineering study for the addition of an ethylene propylene diene monomer production line at its facility at Geismar. The company says it is also considering how to strengthen its raw materials position, including shared investment in a new ethane cracker....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Lion-Copolymer-plans-US-EPDM-expansion-considers-share-of-ethane-cracker_60677.html
April 29, 2014
Bayer MaterialScience announced today that it has been issued the final construction and operating permit necessary to expand and operate its hydrochloric acid facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/Bayer-Dormagen-hydrochloric-acid-expansion-gets-green-light_60667.html
April 25, 2014
Lanxess is restarting its butyl rubber plant at Zwijndrecht, Belgium, after trade union–represented production employees agreed to accept the terms of a new two-year collective...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Labor-agreement-ends-strike-at-Lanxesss-butyl-rubber-plant-in-Belgium_60600.html
April 24, 2014
A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a project that includes an ethane cracker, and polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production facilities, at Kiyanly, Turkmenistan...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Groundbreaking-ceremony-held-for-$3-4-billion-petchem-complex-in-Turkmenistan_60487.html
April 23, 2014
Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) announced today that it is building new capacity for a clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at Blacksburg, SC. The new capacity will be onstream in 2015...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Milliken-to-increase-capacity-for-PP-clarifier_60492.html
April 22, 2014
Quality Circular Polymers (QCP; Urmond, Netherlands), an initiative of Huub Meessen and Marc Houtermans—entrepreneurs with extensive experience in petrochemicals—will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Start-up-to-build-polymer-plant-based-on-used-plastics-in-the-Netherlands_60448.html
April 21, 2014
Alpek (San Pedro Garza García, Mexico) reports $24 million in net income during the first quarter, 61% down year-on-year (YOY) but a significant improvement from the $9-million...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Alpek-reports-61-percent-drop-in-first-quarter-net-income_60355.html
April 21, 2014
Polief (Blagoveshchensk, Russia), a subsidiary of Sibur (Moscow), has completed a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) expansion, increasing capacity from 140,000 m.t./year to 210,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Sibur-subsidiary-completes-PET-expansion-in-eastern-Russia_60354.html
April 15, 2014
Shintech, the US subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical (Tokyo), has applied to the Louisiana Department of Environment Quality for a permit to build a 500,000-m.t./year ethylene plant. The company says it has not chosen a site, but a leading candidate will be land already owned by Shintech....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Shintech-seeks-permit-for-Louisiana-ethylene-plant_60314.html
April 14, 2014
Polyethylene (PE) demand increased worldwide from 66.1 million m.t./year in 2008, to about 82 million m.t./year in 2013, despite a global recession that suppressed demand in 2008-09...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/IHS-WPC-2014-Worldwide-PE-demand-to-continue-growing_59931.html
April 10, 2014
Borealis will expand its crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) production facilities at Stenungsund, Sweden, and as part of the ongoing Borouge 3 project in Abu Dhabi, the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Borealis-expands-XLPE-capacity-to-meet-cable-and-wire-demand_60227.html
April 9, 2014
Saipem (Milan) has been awarded an onshore engineering, procurement, and construction contract for an expansion of synthetic rubber capacity at the Versalis (Milan) complex at Ferrara...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Saipem-awarded-EPC-contract-to-expand-Versaliss-EPDM-production-in-Italy_60209.html
April 9, 2014
Styron says that it plans to convert its nickel butadiene rubber (Ni-BR) production plant at Schkopau, Germany, to neodymium butadiene rubber (Nd-BR). The company says that the Nd-BR...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Styron-to-convert-Ni-BR-rubber-production-line-at-Schkopau_60205.html
April 7, 2014
Law firm Phillips & Cohen (Los Angeles) says a federal judge has approved an agreement through which Formosa Plastics (Livingston, NJ) will pay $22.5 million to settle its liability in a lawsuit against former subsidiary JM Eagle....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Formosa-Plastics-$22-5-million-PVC-pipe-settlement-approved_60149.html
April 3, 2014
La Seda de Barcelona's (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) assets at El Prat and Tarragona, Spain have been acquired by Cristian Lay (Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain), Cristian Lay announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Cristian-Lay-acquires-La-Seda-EO-EG-and-PET-assets-in-Spain_60042.html
April 2, 2014
Repsol has licensed Chevron Phillips Chemical’s (CPChem) technology for the production of metallocene-based polyethylene resins, the two companies announced on 24 March. Repsol will implement the technology at its site in Tarragona, Spain, which already uses CPChem’s MarTECH SL loop slurry technology....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Repsol-licenses-CPChem-metallocene-technology_59799.html
April 2, 2014
Delegates to today’s sessions of the Euro Chlor Technology conference in Madrid were given a glimpse into what the chlor-alkali and vinyls industries may look like in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Euro-Chlor-9th-Technology-Conference-European-chlor-alkali-and-vinyls-industry-in-transition_60008.html
April 1, 2014
Saudi Aramco said today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company (ATC) has begun trading chemical products from Petro Rabigh (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Aramco-begins-trading-chemical-products-from-Petro-Rabigh_59976.html
March 31, 2014
China’s polypropylene (PP) demand represents 33% of worldwide demand, far ahead of North America and Western Europe, each a distant joint second at 14%, IHS Chemical says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/IHS-WPC-2014-China-is-still-a-net-PP-importer-but-it-continues-working-toward-self-sufficiency_59932.html
March 28, 2014
Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK; Nizhnekamsk, Russia), a major producer of petrochemicals, today reported lower earnings and revenues for full-year 2013, citing a slowdown in the global...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/NKNK-reports-lower-earnings-advances-cracker-project_59901.html
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