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February 24, 2015
Alpek (Monterrey, Mexico) reported a net loss of $25 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with a $9-million loss in the fourth quarter of 2013. The quarterly loss...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Alpeks-loss-widens-in-fourth-quarter-exits-Russian-JV_68051.html
February 17, 2015
Japan has extended the period of its antidumping investigation into toluene diisocyanate (TDI) originating from China by four months, until 13 June, Japan's ministries of economy...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/Japan-extends-dumping-probe-on-TDI-from-China_67804.html
February 17, 2015
Sibur announced today that the first foundations have been laid on ZapSibNeftekhim, the company’s biggest investment project being built at Tobolsk, Russia. The ceremony was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sibur-starts-work-on-its-largest-project-completion-may-take-longer-than-expected_67831.html
February 13, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical (Al Jubail) plans to shut its propylene and polypropylene (PP) plants at Al Jubail for three weeks of planned maintenance starting on 1 March, the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Advanced-Petrochemical-to-shut-propylene-PP-plants-for-maintenance-in-March_67775.html
February 10, 2015
The Loyal Group plans to shut its six expandable polystyrene (EPS) plants in China from 14 February for at least two weeks, a source close to the company said Tuesday. Citing weak EPS...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Loyal-Group-to-shut-EPS-plants-in-China-this-weekend-for-two-weeks_67671.html
February 10, 2015
Lanxess is said to be in separate talks with Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK; Nizhnekamsk, Russia) and Saudi Aramco to sell a minority stake in its rubber business, according to a Reuters...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Reports-Lanxess-in-talks-to-sells-a-minority-stake-in-synthetic-rubber-business_67683.html
February 9, 2015
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) is pushing ahead with its purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) project at Corpus Christi, TX, and the company plans to start...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/M-and-G-Chemicals-ahead-of-schedule-with-PTA-PET-project-in-US_67628.html
February 4, 2015
Styrolution, the styrenics subsidiary of Ineos, said today that it has launched a pilot styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) plant at Antwerp. The new plant will produce all of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-launches-pilot-styrene-butadiene-copolymer-plant-at-Antwerp_67489.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
Japan imported 56,026 m.t. of natural rubber in December 2014, slightly higher than 55,827 m.t. in November, The Rubber Trade Association of Japan (RTAJ) said today. The December...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japans-2014-natural-rubber-imports-fall-synthetic-volumes-mostly-rise_67395.html
February 1, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical Co. (Advanced, Jubail, Saudi Arabia), a producer of propylene and polypropylene (PP) announced on Sunday that it signed long-term offtake agreements on 29...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Saudi-PP-producer-appoints-Mitsubishi-Corp-and-Domo-as-offtakers_67387.html
January 28, 2015
Cepsa Química (Madrid), a Cepsa subsidiary,  is mulling the sale of two of its petrochemical facilities, according to local press reports. One plant is near Cádiz...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Reports-Cepsa-considers-selling-some-PTA-and-other-assets_67237.html
January 26, 2015
Kumho Petrochemical (Seoul) plans to review the reduced production rates of its synthetic rubber plants at Yeosu and Ulsan, South Korea, over February, a source close to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Kumho-to-review-synthetic-rubber-production-rates-in-February_67195.html
January 23, 2015
Europe's styrene market has made steady gains through this week on the back of renewed buying interest for prompt material as traders moved to put together cargoes for export. Trading...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Prompt-export-demand-pushes-styrene-prices-up-in-Europe_67171.html
January 23, 2015
Several sectors of the UK plastics industry today expressed their disappointment that the government is considering to press ahead with plans to potentially exempt biodegradable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/UK-plastics-industry-warns-that-biodegradable-carrier-bag-levy-exemption-will-hurt-recycling-jobs_67169.html
January 22, 2015
Kumho Petrochemical (Seoul) plans to shut its synthetic rubber plants at Yeosu and Ulsan, South Korea in October for annual maintenance, a source close to the company said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Kumho-Petrochemical-plans-to-shut-rubber-units-in-October-for-maintenance_67069.html
January 21, 2015
Sahara Petrochemical Co. said today that its polypropylene production affiliate Al Waha Petrochemical Co. has signed an Islamic facility agreement with Saudi British Bank and Banque...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Al-Waha-signs-big-loan-agreement_67034.html
January 16, 2015
Braskem has completed investing about 50.0 million reais ($18.9 million) at the Camaçari petrochemical cluster in Bahia, Brazil, to expand production capacity for linear...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-completes-metallocene-LLDPE-expansion-in-Brazil_66927.html
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
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