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May 23, 2013
Sabic has opened its first engineering plastics compounding facility as well as a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant, at its manufacturing affiliate, Saudi Specialty Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Report-Sabic-opens-compounding-facilities-at-Al-Jubail_52258.html
May 23, 2013
Polystyrene (PS) demand is expected to be lower worldwide this year compared with last year, according to the latest IHS Chemical Market Advisory Service: Global Plastics &...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Global-PS-demand-expected-to-be-lower-in-2013-because-of-high-feedstock-costs-product-substitution_52256.html
May 23, 2013
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) plans to build an olefins complex and a polyethylene plant at the port of Suhār, Oman, at a cost of about $3 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Oman-plans-cracker-and-polyethylene-plant-at-Suhr_51674.html
May 23, 2013
Braskem (São Paulo) has launched its line of biobased low-density polyethylene (LDPE) derived from sugarcane ethanol, the company has announced. Annual production of biobased...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-launches-biobased-LDPE-line_52262.html
May 22, 2013
The project includes a refinery upgrading complex and a plant for converting refinery fuel gases into petrochemical feedstock....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Total-plans-&euro1-billion-modernization-of-Antwerp-facilities_52247.html
May 22, 2013
The European Union decided during a plenary session at Strasbourg, France, to let lapse a set of antidumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET), imposed in 2000 on product...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Report-EU-lets-antidumping-duties-lapse-on-PET-from-5-Asian-countries-renews-antisubsidy-duty-on-PET-from-India_52232.html
May 21, 2013
Technip says it has been awarded the detailed engineering and procurement services contract for by Nova Chemicals’ previously announced polyethylene (PE) expansion project at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Technip-awarded-Nova-Joffre-PE-expansion_52115.html
May 21, 2013
LyondellBasell Industries says it will close a 100,000-m.t./year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit at Wesseling, Germany, in the third quarter....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-to-close-HDPE-unit-in-Germany_52099.html
May 21, 2013
A fire at Formosa Plastics’ Point Comfort, TX, on 2 May injured 16 people and shut down the PE-1 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, which produces Formolene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Formosa-Point-Comfort-fire-impacts-US-HDPE-supplies_52096.html
May 21, 2013
Ineos and Solvay have confirmed CW’s exclusive report that they are forming a vinyls joint venture (CW, May 6, p. 7)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Ineos-and-Solvay-confirm-plans-for-vinyls-JV-Solvay-to-exit-PVC_52087.html
May 17, 2013
Mexichem (Tlalneplantla, Mexico) has received clearance from FTC—and its equivalent body in Germany—for Mexichem's acquisition of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Mexichem-cleared-to-acquire-PolyOnes-specialty-PVC-assets-bidding-for-Solvays-Indupa-assets_52133.html
May 15, 2013
“At this point, it is estimated that the remaining production line will start up by late June,” Ken Mounger, v.p. and general manager/polyolefins, tells customers....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Two-of-three-lines-operational-at-Formosas-fire-damaged-HDPE-unit_52021.html
May 15, 2013
LyondellBasell will shut down a 100,000-m.t./year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit in Wesseling, Germany, in the third quarter....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-to-close-HDPE-Unit-in-Germany_52037.html
May 15, 2013
Arkema's first-quarter adjusted net income contracted by 21.1% from €123 million ($159.7 million) in the first quarter of 2012, to €97 million, the company announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Arkemas-first-quarter-net-income-shrinks-by-21-1-percent-on-mixed-economic-environment_52011.html
May 13, 2013
The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention has agreed to begin phasing out the use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in little more than a year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Report-Stockholm-Convention-agrees-on-phaseout-of-HBCD_51948.html
May 13, 2013
The Competition Tribunal (Pretoria) is set to hear next week the case brought against Sasol by the Competition Commission (Pretoria), under which Sasol was accused of charging...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sasol-to-defend-propylene-and-PP-pricing-policies-before-competition-tribunal_51947.html
May 10, 2013
Evonik has started basic engineering for a production plant for precipitated silica in Brazil and expects to complete the plant by 2015, subject to approval from respective bodies and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Evonik-starts-basic-engineering-for-silica-site-in-Brazil-continues-to-expand-global-silica-capacity_51908.html
May 10, 2013
Indebted petrochemical producer Oltchim (Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania), will lay off a quarter of its staff starting next week, according to reports in the Romanian press. About...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Report-Romanias-Oltchim-to-lay-off-25-percent-of-its-staff_51883.html
May 9, 2013
Braskem's first quarter earnings totaled R$227 million ($113 million), up 49% year-over-year (YOY) from R$152 million, but down 18% sequentially from R$275 million in the fourth quarter of 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-first-quarter-net-income-up-49-percent_51886.html
May 8, 2013
Axiall on Tuesday reported adjusted net income for the quarter totaled $45.1 million, up 63% year-on-year (YOY) from $27.6 million. Adjusted earnings per share were 75 cts/share...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Axiall-reports-first-quarter-net-income-of-$45-million-misses-estimates_51857.html
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