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June 26, 2013
LyondellBasell says that CNOOC Oil and Petrochemicals (Beijing), a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC; Hong Kong), has selected the LyondellBasell...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/CNOOC-selects-LyondellBasell-technology-for-PP-plant-in-China_53126.html
June 25, 2013
Borealis has announced an investment of €65 million ($85 million) for a major upgrading project at its production site at Porvoo, Finland. The Borstar PE2 polyethylene (PE) plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Borealis-to-invest-&euro65-million-at-PE-plant-in-Finland_53104.html
June 20, 2013
Evonik Industries has launched production of its previously announced phthalate-free plasticizer 1,2-cyclohexa dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester at the company's Marl, Germany site...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Evonik-launches-production-of-phthalate-free-plasticizer_52959.html
June 19, 2013
Shin-Etsu says its US subsidiary Shintech will invest $500 million to expand chlor-alkali, vinyl chloride monomer, and polyvinyl chloride at production sites in Louisiana. Project completion is targeted for 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Shin-Etsu-to-invest-$500-million-to-boost-US-vinyls-capacity_52911.html
June 19, 2013
La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain), one of Europe's largest manufacturers of polyethylene terephthalate, has filed for insolvency, the company announced Monday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/La-Seda-files-for-insolvency_52914.html
June 19, 2013
Tessenderlo Group (Brussels) has completed the previously announced sale of its compounding activities to Mitsubishi Chemical, Tessenderlo announced today. The sale comprises 4...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Tessenderlo-completes-sale-of-compounding-activities-to-Mitsubishi-Chemical_52909.html
June 18, 2013
Unigel (São Paulo), Brazil's second-largest petrochemical manufacturer after Braskem (São Paulo), is considering an initial public offering for mid-2014, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Report-Brazils-Unigel-mulling-mid-2014-IPO_52885.html
June 17, 2013
European benzene supply is expected to remain tight as use of lighter feedstocks limits production of benzene coproduct, according to the latest IHS Chemical Market Advisory...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Tight-European-benzene-supply_52863.html
June 17, 2013
Kem One (Lyon, France), the former vinyls business of Arkema, says that seven potential buyers have expressed an interest in acquiring the firm's assets currently in receivership...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Kem-One-receives-7-letters-of-interest-from-potential-buyers_52859.html
June 17, 2013
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (Jakarta) and tire maker Michelin (Clermont-Ferrand, France) have signed an agreement to create a joint venture in Indonesia  to produce synthetic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Chandra-Asri-and-Michelin-form-JV-to-produce-synthetic-rubber_52857.html
June 13, 2013
Sinopec Engineering, China’s largest engineering and construction firm, has signed a $1.85-billion engineering, procurement, and construction contract with Kazakhstan...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sinopec-Engineering-signs-EPC-contract-for-Kazakhstan-PP-project_52808.html
June 13, 2013
The deadline for bids to acquire debt-ridden vinyls producer Kem One (Lyon, France) is tomorrow. A decision on the bids is expected in early July. Kem One went into receivership on 27...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Deadline-for-bids-to-buy-Kem-One-is-imminent_52807.html
June 13, 2013
Two companies remain in the race for the acquisition of Innova (São Paulo), the styrene unit of state-owned Petrobras, based at Triunfo, Brazil, according to Valor...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Reports-Elekeiroz-and-Videolar-competing-to-acquire-Petrobrass-styrene-assets_52805.html
June 12, 2013
Qatar Petroleum (QP; Doha) and Qatar Petrochemical Co. (Qapco), joint venture partners in a major petrochemical project planned at Ras Laffan, Qatar, have selected technologies for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Qatar-selects-Univation-and-Dow-technologies-for-Al-Sejeel-project_52775.html
June 12, 2013
Nova Chemicals has broken ground on a previously announced expansion project at its Joffre, AB, complex, the company announced today. A ground-breaking celebration was held to mark the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Nova-Chemicals-breaks-ground-on-Joffre-PE-expansion-project_52770.html
June 11, 2013
The key theme for Borealis, Borouge, and Nova Chemicals at the K 2013 plastics and rubber trade fair at Düsseldorf later this year will be Open your mind, Borealis said at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Borealis-Borouge-and-Nova-outline-plans-at-pre-K-event_52712.html
June 10, 2013
Ineos Styrenics intends to close production of expandable polystyrene (EPS) at its Marl, Germany, site at the end of the fourth quarter of this year, the company announced today. Ineos...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Ineos-Styrenics-to-close-EPS-plant-at-Marl-by-end-of-the-year_52727.html
June 7, 2013
Cardia Bioplastics (Mulgrave, Australia) and biomolecular engineers at the University of Sydney are developing more cost-effective polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polymers, Cardia has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Australias-Cardia-Bioplastics-and-Univ-of-Sydney-researchers-develop-renewable-PPC-polymers_52691.html
June 3, 2013
Asian para-xylene (p-xylene) producers have been faring better than their North American and European counterparts. However, p-xylene market dynamics could be altered by new capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Asia-p-xylene-market-shows-signs-of-oversupply-due-partly-to-new-capacity_52508.html
May 31, 2013
Ciech (Warsaw) is continuing its restructuring and is seeking a buyer for Ciech Pianki (Bydgoszcz, Poland), its polyurethane (PU) foam business, as it tries to focus on its soda ash...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/Reports-Ciechs-PU-foam-unit-attracts-interest-from-Chinese-buyer_52478.html
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