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April 27, 2015
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) on 23 April has instructed the US Department of Commerce to continue an investigation into imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman. DAK Americas, M&G Chemicals, and Nan Ya Plastics requested the investigation on 10 March, charging that dumped imports of PET resin have damaged their business....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/USITC-votes-to-continue-PET-dumping-investigation_69820.html
April 26, 2015
Ineos Technologies has confirmed that it has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the manufacture of medium-density and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to Socar Polymer for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Ineos-confirms-award-of-HDPE-technology-contract-in-Azerbaijan_69822.html
April 22, 2015
Sanmar Group (Chennai, India) will invest $350 million to expand its chemical facility at Port Said, Egypt, the Egyptian embassy in New Delhi says. Plans include a doubling of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Sanmar-to-double-PVC-capacity-in-Egypt_69600.html
April 21, 2015
ExxonMobil Chemical says it is considering whether to build a new polyethylene (PE) line at its Beaumont, TX, facility. The project would be additional to two 650,000-m.t./year PE lines now under construction at Mont Belvieu, TX. “We’ll conduct an extensive evaluation before making any final investment decision,” ExxonMobil says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ExxonMobil-considering-PE-project-at-Beaumont-TX_69643.html
April 17, 2015
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Plymouth, MI) says that it has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Freudenberg-NOK-develops-biobased-rubber-compound_69570.html
April 17, 2015
Brazil's demand for commodity plastics contracted significantly during 2014 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by chemical industry association Abiquim...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Brazils-demand-for-plastics-contracted-significantly-during-2014_69565.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 14, 2015

Invista has launched P8, a new technology platform that reduces the cost of manufacturing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a polyester precursor, by up to $40/m.t., says Invista.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Invista-launches-new-PTA-technology-platform_69414.html
April 13, 2015
Repsol's sales of polyolefins in Europe grew by more than 20% during the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014, the company says. Sales' volume rose as a result of recent...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Repsol-grows-polyolefin-sales-in-Europe-completes-downsizing-Puertollano-cracker_69368.html
April 13, 2015
India has levied antidumping duties on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) paste resin imports from Mexico and Norway for five years, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) says. Tariffs of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/India-slaps-dumping-duties-on-paste-PVC-imports-from-Norway-Mexico_69358.html
April 10, 2015
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) today announced that it has commissioned its new, previously announced purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plants...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Reliance-commissions-PET-PTA-plants-at-Dahej_69333.html
April 10, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) is adding new polypropylene (PP) grades to its product mix, the company said today. Its Tomsk, Russia, facility has developed and launched PP H263 FF, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-begins-producing-new-PP-grades_69329.html
April 7, 2015
A subsidiary of the energy major Socar (Baku, Azerbaijan) has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) lump-sum, turnkey contract to two subsidiaries of Maire...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Socar-to-build-its-first-PP-plant-awards-contract-to-Tecnimont_69240.html
April 6, 2015
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of ONGC (New Delhi), on Sunday commissioned a polypropylene (PP) plant at Mangalore, India. The unit forms part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Mangalore-Refinery-and-Petrochemicals-commissions-polypropylene-plant_69154.html
April 2, 2015
Japan’s imports of synthetic rubber in February sank from January’s levels, the Rubber Trade Association of Japan says. The country imported 4,809 m.t. of styrene butadiene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japan-imported-less-synthetic-rubber-in-February_69116.html
April 1, 2015
Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Co. (Ethydco) plans to commission its $1.9 billion petrochemical complex at Alexandria by the end of this year, according to Sherif Ismail...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Egypt-to-commission-petchem-complex-end-of-this-year_68798.html
April 1, 2015
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) has awarded a three-year technical services agreement contract to AMEC Foster Wheeler for the former’s Mina Al...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Orpic-award-3-year-services-contract-to-AMEC-Foster-Wheeler_68807.html
March 31, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP; Harrisburg) has announced its intention to issue air permits to Shell Chemicals' planned Appalachian petrochemical complex at Monaca, PA. The DEP will hold a public hearing on 5 May to take comments regarding Shell’s application....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Shell-nears-air-permit-for-Appalachian-cracker-project_69066.html
March 30, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) said today that it will, on 1 April and after testing, begin commercial operations at the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and low-density...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sipchem-to-start-commercially-producing-EVA-and-LDPE_68999.html
March 27, 2015
Styrolution, the styrenics subsidiary of Ineos, anticipates the demand for all grades of styrenic resins to experience relatively strong demand as a result of replenishment along the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/NPE2015-Styrolution-anticipates-demand-for-styrenic-resins-to-remain-strong_68894.html
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