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September 27, 2013
The European Commission has officially asked Germany to adapt its law on chemicals by changing how it governs the sale of products containing methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/methylene_dipara_phenylene_isocyanate/European-Commission-requests-Germany-to-comply-with-rules-on-products-containing-MDI_55474.html
September 27, 2013
Nizhnekamskneftekhim, (NKNK; Nizhnekamsk, Russia), one of Russia’s leading petrochemicals players, plans to begin constructing a previously announced petrochemical complex next...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Russian-firm-NKNK-to-begin-constructing-cracker-project-next-year_55471.html
September 26, 2013
The EU Court of Justice has ruled that Dow Chemical and DuPont must pay the full fines levied by the European Commission for the participation of the companies' former joint venture, Dow DuPont Elastomers, in a scheme to fix the price of chloroprene rubber between 1993 and 2002....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Dow-DuPont-lose-appeal-over-EU-chloroprene-rubber-cartel-fine_55451.html
September 26, 2013
The commercial court of Lyon, France, has granted the three bidders for debt-ridden polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Kem One (Lyon) two additional months to finalize their respective...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Kem-One-bidders-granted-two-more-months-to-finalize-takeover-plans_55449.html
September 25, 2013
Lubrizol will build a chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) resin and compounding facility at its Louisville, KY site. Total investment will be $108 million, according to a statement...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Lubrizol-to-expand-chlorinated-PVC-at-Louisville-KY-site_55441.html
September 25, 2013
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petrochemicals producer, is poised to begin operations at the company’s newly commissioned propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sibur-readies-PDH-plant-to-decide-on-large-Tobolsk-project-before-year-end_55422.html
September 23, 2013
Three bidders remain in the race for the takeover of beleaguered polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Kem One (Lyon, France) after the extended submission period, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Three-bidders-remain-for-French-PVC-producer-Kem-One_55356.html
September 20, 2013
Petrofac (St Helier, Jersey) in a consortium with Linde and GS Engineering & Construction (Seoul), has received an order from KLPE Limited Liability Partnership, a joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Petrofac-consortium-receives-order-for-petchems-complex-in-Kazakhstan_55323.html
September 19, 2013
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is expected to join a $2.5-billion petrochemical project planned in Uzbekistan, according to Uzbekistani government sources. CNPC has signed a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/CNPC-to-join-petrochemical-project-in-Uzbekistan_55255.html
September 19, 2013
Braskem has launched a plan to strengthen the plastics converting sector in Brazil, the company has announced. Braskem will provide a series of initiatives under the Plastic Chain...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-launches-plan-to-strengthen-Brazils-plastics-converting-sector_55258.html
September 19, 2013
Sahara Petrochemicals says it has completed maintenance work on the utility plant of its affiliate Al Waha Petrochemicals following a technical failure, which occured on 8 September...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sahara-completes-maintenance-on-Al-Wahas-PP-complex_55257.html
September 18, 2013
Formosa Plastics has declared force majeure on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) after “unexpected operational difficulties” at its HDPE II unit at Point Comfort, TX, according to a letter to customers issued on 17 September....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Formosa-Plastics-declares-force-majeure-on-HDPE-at-Point-Comfort_55234.html
September 18, 2013
State-owned Petroquímica de Venezuela (Pequiven; Caracas) will invest $4 billion to build new polymer plants in western Venezuela. Pequiven estimates that it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Pequiven-to-invest-$4-billion-to-develop-new-plastics-capacity_55179.html
September 17, 2013
Ineos and Solvay have submitted an application for competition clearance to the European Commission for the companies' planned 50-50 vinyls joint venture, the companies announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Ineos-Solvay-submit-PVC-JV-clearance-application-to-European-Commission_55207.html
September 13, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience will debottleneck its 350,000-m.t./year methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate production facility at Shanghai, increasing capacity there to 500,000 m.t./year by mid-2014. The expansion had originally been planned for 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/methylene_dipara_phenylene_isocyanate/Bayer-MaterialScience-to-increase-Shanghai-MDI-to-500000-m-t-year-by-mid-2014_55147.html
September 12, 2013
Pemex Petroquímica (Coatzacoalcos), the petrochemical subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City); and Mexichem  (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) have fulfilled the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Mexichem-enters-VCM-venture-with-Pemex_55128.html
September 12, 2013
Sibur (Moscow) announced today that it has signed a long-term cooperation memorandum with BASF for the supply of additives used in polymer production and processing at Sibur’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/BASF-and-Sibur-sign-polymer-additives-agreement-collaborate-on-projects_55125.html
September 12, 2013
Dangote Industries (Lagos) says it has signed a $3.3-billion loan agreement with a consortium of local and international banks, which will be used for the construction of the biggest...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Dangote-Industries-to-build-refinery-PP-and-fertilizer-plants-in-Nigeria_55069.html
September 11, 2013
Lotte Chemical's (Seoul) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Wilton, UK, came back online today after a technical incident and torrential rains caused the unit to shut down last...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Lotte-Chemical-UK-PET-plant-back-online-force-majeure-remains-in-place_55097.html
September 11, 2013
The Bank of England (BOE; London) has announced that it is considering plans to switch certain UK banknotes from paper to polymer, which would increase their working life and make...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Bank-of-England-switch-to-polymer-banknotes-to-benefit-Innovia-Films_55103.html
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