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March 8, 2012
BASF says it has acquired the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam business of B.C. Foam (Volpiano, Italy). The acquisition covers production facilities and intellectual property...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/BASF-Acquires-PET-Foam-Business-from-Italian-Company_41881.html
March 8, 2012
A study by the Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA) says a review of 213 cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care and other common consumer products show they contain “complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Industry-Disputes-Methodology-Used-in-Cleaning-Products-Study_41882.html
March 6, 2012
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) said today that it has agreed to acquire 100% of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) assets of PT Polypet Karyapersada in Indonesia. The facility being...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-Ventures-to-Acquire-Indonesian-PET-Business_41808.html
February 28, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals has agreed to license its toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) technology to Sabic for a previously announced project in Saudi...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/methylene_dipara_phenylene_isocyanate/Mitsui-Chemicals-to-License-Technology-for-Sabic-TDI-MDI-Project_41637.html
February 27, 2012
EPA has released its final air toxics emission limits for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production units, replacing a 2002 standard that a federal court found inadequate. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/U-S-Finalizes-Emission-Limits-for-PVC-Units_41624.html
February 27, 2012
Formosa Plastics says it will invest about $1.7 billion at its Point Comfort, TX site to build a new, grassroots 800,000-m.t./year ethane cracker, an associated 600,000-m.t./year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a new 300,000-m.t./year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resin plant. Start-up is expected in 2016, Formosa says.
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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Formosa-Updates-Plans-for-U-S-Expansion_41617.html
February 23, 2012
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) has agreed to acquire, through its indirect subsidiary Beacon Trading (London), a 51% stake in Beverage Plastics (Craigavon, U.K.). Indorama announced the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-Acquires-51-percent-of-Plastics-Company-in-Northern-Ireland_41555.html
February 22, 2012
Negotiations for a financing package for the Ethylene XXI complex planned by Braskem (São Paulo) and  Grupo Idesa (Mexico City) for Coatzacoalcos, Mexico are “going...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Ethylene-XXI-Financing-Slated-for-Completion-by-End-of-April_41550.html
February 21, 2012
Mitra: Doubling investments in petchems. India’s petrochemical and polymer sectors are set for a major boost under the country’s 12th five-year plan, which runs through...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Petrochemicals-and-Polymers-Sector-Poised-for-Major-Expansion_41412.html
February 21, 2012
Westlake Chemical reported fourth-quarter 2011 net income of $26.4 million, down 68% from the year-ago period, primarily due to higher feedstock costs. Sales were up 8%, to $859.2...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Higher-Feedstock-Costs-Drive-Down-Earnings-at-Westlake-Chemical_41504.html
February 21, 2012
Reliance Industries and Sibur (Moscow) say they will invest a total of $450 million to construct their previously announced butyl rubber joint venture facility at Jamnagar, India...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Reliance-and-Sibur-to-Invest-$450-Million-in-Butyl-Rubber-JV-in-India_41502.html
February 16, 2012
Solvay says it has agreed  to sell its 50% stake in polyvinyl chloride pipe systems supplier Pipelife (Vienna) to Wienerberger (Vienna). Solvay will receive €172 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Solvay-to-Sell-Its-Stake-in-Plastic-Pipe-Firm-to-Wienerberger_41403.html
February 16, 2012
Georgia Gulf reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.3 million, compared to net income of $15.1 million in the year-ago quarter, on sales down about 3%, to $673.8 million. The net loss in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Georgia-Gulf-Swings-to-Loss_41400.html
February 16, 2012
Solvay says net profits and net sales, on a proforma basis, increased 5% and 3% in the fourth quarter of 2011, to approximately €3 billion ($3.9 billion) and €122...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Rhodia-Acquisition-Underpins-Solvays-Earnings-and-Sales_41396.html
February 15, 2012
Jacobs Engineering says it has received a contract to perform basic engineering work to support the provision of Arkema's proprietary suspension and emulsion technology to four new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Jacobs-Provides-Engineering-Services-to-Arkema-Process-PVC-Plants-in-China_41367.html
February 14, 2012
Saudi Arabia's Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu says it has authorized previously announced chemical expansion projects totaling SR21.2 billion ($5.6 billion) at Jubail. The deals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Saudi-Arabia-Approves-$5-6-Billion-Expansion-Projects-at-Jubail_41339.html
February 14, 2012
Ineos Technologies says it has licensed its Innovene polypropylene (PP) process to Zhong Tian He Chuang Energy Co., a joint venture between Sinopec and China Coal group (Beijing), for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Ineos-Licenses-Polypropylene-Technology-to-Chinese-Firm_41336.html
February 14, 2012
Sibur's petrochemical production went up by 6.7% in 2011, to 14.4 million m.t. Polymers and synthetic rubbers production, however, decreased 4.6% and 1.4% in 2011, to 564,700 m.t. and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-Reports-Increase-in-Petchem-Production-Decrease-in-Polymers-Output-in-2011_41334.html
February 8, 2012
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) says it has agreed to acquire 100% of Wavin (Zwolle, the Netherlands) for approximately €531 million ($704 million). Mexichem intends to make a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Mexichem-Acquires-Wavin-to-Create-Global-Leader-in-PVC-Pipe-Systems_41084.html
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