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January 25, 2013
PKN Orlen's (Plock, Poland) petrochemical operations swung back into positive earnings territory during the fourth quarter of 2012, with the company's consolidated results showing a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/PKN-Orlens-petrochemical-activities-swing-to-a-quarterly-profit_49356.html
January 24, 2013
Eastman Chemical says it will launch a debottlenecking of its Kingsport, TN butyric acid plant. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the project will add 11...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Eastman-debottlenecks-Kingsport-butyric-acid-plant_49251.html
January 23, 2013
Polyethylene (PE) supply is expected to remain restricted in Asia despite a renewed influx of imports from Iran, owing to planned maintenance shutdowns at PE plants elsewhere in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Mideast-plant-turnarounds-buoy-Asian-PE-prices-despite-renewed-influx-of-Iranian-material_49216.html
January 21, 2013
Nova Chemicals announced it is restoring operations at its Moore, ON, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) facility to full capacity after temporarily closing the unit after it suffered an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Nova-restarts-Ontario-LDPE-facility_49156.html
January 18, 2013
Hyundai Cosmo Para-Xylene (HCP), a joint venture between Cosmo Oil Corp. (Tokyo) and Hyundai Oilbank (HDO; Seoul), has announced that production at its aromatics facility at HDO's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Hyundai-Cosmo-jv-makes-its-first-p-xylene-shipment-from-new-plant_49100.html
January 18, 2013
Qatar Petrochemical Co. (Qapco; Doha) has appointed Talke Group (Hürth, Germany) as manager of Qapco's logistics operations for products made at Qapco's new low-density...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Qapco-appoints-Talke-to-manage-logistics-at-new-polyethylene-plant_49099.html
January 17, 2013
Jarden Corp. (Rye, NY) has acquired Lifoam Holdings (Hunt Valley, MD) from private equity firm American Capital (Bethesda, MD). American Capital received $60 million in debt and equity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Jarden-acquires-Lifoam-from-American-Capital-for-$60-million_49040.html
January 17, 2013
The European olefin market will see 2.9 million m.t./year of steam cracker capacity enter plant turnarounds between March and June 2013, according to IHS Chemical data. These...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Planned-outages-during-second-quarter-could-tighten-Europes-olefin-market_49035.html
January 16, 2013
Indian Oil Corp. (IOC; New Delhi) would like to participate in the previously announced share auction process of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. (HPL; Kolkata, India), say reports in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Indian-Oil-may-participate-in-Haldia-Petrochemicals-share-auction-reports-say_49008.html
January 16, 2013
Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) will introduce a new group organization effective 1 February 2013, the company announced today. The move aims to, for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Gurit-reorganizes-and-rebrands_49007.html
January 14, 2013
European chlorine production was down in December, according to the latest figures published by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels) today. European chlorine capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Poor-PVC-demand-reflected-in-low-EU-chlorine-capacity-utilization-in-December_48952.html
January 14, 2013
Crodux Plin (Zagreb, Croatia), a provider of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is planning to relaunch polystyrene (PS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS) production at Dioki’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/LPG-supplier-Crodux-planning-to-help-relaunch-production-at-Diokis-PS-and-EPS-plants_48947.html
January 11, 2013
M&G expects construction of both plants, including permitting, to be complete within 36 months....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/M-and-G-hires-Sinopec-Engineering-for-massive-US-PET-project_48926.html
January 11, 2013
Dyneema, a DSM subsidiary, has opened its first technical center in Singapore, a 2,500-sq meter facility, the company announced today. The facility aims to support customers across...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/DSM-Dyneema-opens-AsiaPacific-technical-center-in-Singapore_48920.html
January 11, 2013
Evonik will develop its C4 products chain with the expansion of its butene-1 capacity at the Marl Chemical Park (Marl, Germany), and by expanding its butadiene capacity at Antwerp...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Evonik-to-expand-C4-chain-capacity-in-Germany-and-Belgium_48915.html
January 10, 2013
Westlake Chemical has begun the previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex at Lake Charles, LA, the company said today. The expansion work, taking place...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Westlake-commences-ethylene-expansion-at-Lake-Charles_48861.html
January 9, 2013
Praxair’s Brazilian subsidiary White Martins has started up a new air separation plant at Alagoas, Brazil. Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem as a part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Praxair-starts-up-ASU-for-Braskems-PVC-unit-in-Brazil_48854.html
January 7, 2013
The Cologne district authority has, following a detailed appraisal, granted Bayer MaterialScience a permit to build and operate a previously announced toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/toluene_diisocyanate/Bayer-MaterialScience-receives-final-approval-for-TDI-project-in-Germany_48786.html
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