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February 4, 2015
Styrolution, the styrenics subsidiary of Ineos, said today that it has launched a pilot styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) plant at Antwerp. The new plant will produce all of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-launches-pilot-styrene-butadiene-copolymer-plant-at-Antwerp_67489.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-beats-consensus-by-15-percent-as-lower-feedstocks-make-up-for-product-prices_67452.html
February 3, 2015
Japan imported 56,026 m.t. of natural rubber in December 2014, slightly higher than 55,827 m.t. in November, The Rubber Trade Association of Japan (RTAJ) said today. The December...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japans-2014-natural-rubber-imports-fall-synthetic-volumes-mostly-rise_67395.html
February 1, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical Co. (Advanced, Jubail, Saudi Arabia), a producer of propylene and polypropylene (PP) announced on Sunday that it signed long-term offtake agreements on 29...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Saudi-PP-producer-appoints-Mitsubishi-Corp-and-Domo-as-offtakers_67387.html
January 28, 2015
Cepsa Química (Madrid), a Cepsa subsidiary,  is mulling the sale of two of its petrochemical facilities, according to local press reports. One plant is near Cádiz...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Reports-Cepsa-considers-selling-some-PTA-and-other-assets_67237.html
January 26, 2015
Kumho Petrochemical (Seoul) plans to review the reduced production rates of its synthetic rubber plants at Yeosu and Ulsan, South Korea, over February, a source close to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Kumho-to-review-synthetic-rubber-production-rates-in-February_67195.html
January 23, 2015
Europe's styrene market has made steady gains through this week on the back of renewed buying interest for prompt material as traders moved to put together cargoes for export. Trading...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Prompt-export-demand-pushes-styrene-prices-up-in-Europe_67171.html
January 23, 2015
Several sectors of the UK plastics industry today expressed their disappointment that the government is considering to press ahead with plans to potentially exempt biodegradable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/UK-plastics-industry-warns-that-biodegradable-carrier-bag-levy-exemption-will-hurt-recycling-jobs_67169.html
January 22, 2015
Kumho Petrochemical (Seoul) plans to shut its synthetic rubber plants at Yeosu and Ulsan, South Korea in October for annual maintenance, a source close to the company said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Kumho-Petrochemical-plans-to-shut-rubber-units-in-October-for-maintenance_67069.html
January 21, 2015
Sahara Petrochemical Co. said today that its polypropylene production affiliate Al Waha Petrochemical Co. has signed an Islamic facility agreement with Saudi British Bank and Banque...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Al-Waha-signs-big-loan-agreement_67034.html
January 16, 2015
Braskem has completed investing about 50.0 million reais ($18.9 million) at the Camaçari petrochemical cluster in Bahia, Brazil, to expand production capacity for linear...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-completes-metallocene-LLDPE-expansion-in-Brazil_66927.html
January 16, 2015
Market sources are expecting February orders for polypropylene (PP) in the US market to be made more difficult to fulfil by recent production issues and planned turnarounds that are...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/PP-production-issues-expected-to-challenge-US-market-in-February_66924.html
January 12, 2015
Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical (PCEC) has started up a polyethylene (PE) plant in Shaanxi Province, China, says the plant's contractor, Wison Engineering (Shanghai). The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Chinese-firm-start-up-PE-plant_66734.html
January 9, 2015
Sabic's European regional subsidiary is encountering "system issues," and the company does not yet know when these issues will be fully resolved and when business will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sabic-Europe-encounters-system-issues-at-Europe-production-sites_66716.html
January 8, 2015
Japan imported 55,827 m.t. of natural rubber in November, 12.9% lower versus 64,075 m.t. in October, The Rubber Trade Association of Japan (RTAJ) says. Oversupply concerns continued to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japan-imports-less-natural-rubber-in-November-synthetic-rubber-imports-mostly-up_66639.html
January 5, 2015
Equate Petrochemical, a joint venture among Petrochemical Industries Co. (Kuwait City), Dow Chemical, Boubyan Petrochemical Co., and Qurain Petrochemical Industries, today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Equate-completes-turnaround-and-first-phase-of-polyethylene-expansion-project_66537.html
January 5, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical Co., a Saudi producer of propylene and polypropylene, today reported its preliminary 2014 results. The company reports fourth-quarter net profit increased 24%...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Advanced-reports-higher-profits_66539.html
January 5, 2015
National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NatPet; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia) will shut its propylene and polypropylene (PP) complex at Yanbu on 25 January for scheduled maintenance, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/NatPet-to-shut-PP-complex-this-month-for-maintenance_66529.html
December 31, 2014
Americas Styrenics says it is cutting transaction prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) by 9 cts/lb, effective 1 January. The cut will “supersede all previously announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Americas-Styrenics-cuts-polystyrene-prices_66518.html
December 22, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC (Seoul) plan to merge their polyurethane (PU) raw material businesses into a joint venture by 1 April 2015. Mitsui president and CEO Tsutomu Tannowa and SKC...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/methylene_dipara_phenylene_isocyanate/Mitsui-Chemicals-SKC-to-merge-polyurethane-material-businesses_66382.html
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