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January 30, 2013
Employees at Sabic Europe's Geleen, Netherlands, complex have launched strike actions after talks between management and the FNV trade union on 28 January failed to reach an agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Labor-dispute-threatens-operations-at-Sabics-Geleen-site-reports-say_49436.html
January 29, 2013
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices in Europe, despite lackluster demand, are being supported by bullish sentiment in Asian feedstock markets as well as high naphtha prices, IHS...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/European-PET-prices-supported-by-strong-Asian-feedstocks_49414.html
January 28, 2013
Versalis (Milan), a global leading producer of elastomers; and Yulex (Phoenix, AZ), an agricultural biomaterials company, announced today that they are forming a partnership to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Versalis-and-Yulex-plan-guayule-based-biorubber-production-in-southern-Europe_49365.html
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
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