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September 10, 2012
Octal (Masqat, Oman), a global leader in the packaging industry, has tripled its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle resin capacity at the Ṣalālah, Oman, complex. Total capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Octal-Completes-Major-PET-Expansion-PTA-Unit-Planned_46129.html
September 5, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals announced today that it plans to restructure its petrochemical operations at the Chiba, Japan, manufacturing complex “to flexibly and effectively manage the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Mitsui-Chemicals-Idemitsu-to-Rationalize-Chiba-Complex-Suspend-PP-HDPE-Units_46050.html
September 4, 2012
Lanxess says it is investing €235 million ($294 million) to build the world's largest plant for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) synthetic rubber at Changzhou, China...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Lanxess-Invests-&euro235-Million-to-Build-Worlds-Largest-EPDM-Plant-in-China_46046.html
August 30, 2012
Several petrochemical and refinery facilities in the coastal regions of Louisiana have shut down or reduced operating rates in advance of Hurricane Isaac. The storm was officially a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Louisiana-Petrochemical-Plants-Shut-as-Hurricane-Isaac-Hits-Land-Updated_45871.html
August 20, 2012
Braskem (São Paulo) says it opened its previously announced new 200,000-m.t./year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Marechal Deodoro in the state of Alagoas, Brazil, on August...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Braskem-Opens-PVC-Plant-in-Brazil_45725.html
August 17, 2012
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) to evaluate the formation of a joint venture for the construction of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Mexichem-Plans-Ethane-Cracker-JV-with-OxyChem_45707.html
August 10, 2012
China National Petroleum (CNPC; Beijing), the parent company of PetroChina, says that its Daqing PetroChemical (Daqing, China) subsidiary started up an 80,000-m.t.year butadiene rubber...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/CNPC-Subsidiary-Starts-up-BR-Plant-in-China_45544.html
August 10, 2012
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin assets of PT Polypet Karyapersada (Jakarta) at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-Completes-Acquisition-of-PET-Assets-in-Indonesia_45543.html
August 8, 2012
Invista says it has acquired from La Seda de Barcelona (Barcelona) intellectual property relating to its leading purified terephthalic acid (PTA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Invista-Acquires-Intellectual-Property-and-Licensing-Rights-for-PTA-PET-Technologies_45502.html
August 2, 2012
Petronas says it has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with petrochemical company Versalis (Milan), formerly known as Polimeri Europa and wholly owned and controlled by energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Petronas-to-Form-JV-with-ENI-Subsidiary-for-Rapid-Project_45044.html
August 2, 2012
Technip confirms that it has been awarded a contract by Sabic and ExxonMobil Chemical for the engineering, procurement, and construction of their previously announced halobutyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Technip-Confirms-Contract-from-Sabic-and-ExxonMobil-Chemical_45105.html
August 1, 2012
Dow Chemical says that Inner Mongolia ChinaCoal Mengda New Energy & Chemical Industry, a subsidiary of the China National Coal Group (ChinaCoal; Beijing), has signed a license...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Chinese-Firm-Selects-Dows-Unipol-PP-Process-Technology_45311.html
July 30, 2012

Worldwide demand for ethylene propylene (EP) elastomers is on the rise as auto sales and production increase in Asian countries, according to a new report from IHS Chemical. Demand for the synthetic rubber material—used primarily in automotive parts, single-ply roofing, and appliance parts—is expected to grow 5% annually, from 1.2 million m.t./year in 2011 to 1.5 million m.t./year in 2016, according to the IHS Chemical Ethylene-Propylene Elastomers CEH Marketing Report.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Elastomer-Demand-on-the-Rise-as-Asian-Auto-Sales-Increase_45251.html
July 25, 2012
Petrochemicals and polymers producer Dioki Group (Zagreb, Croatia) says it has received a €20-million ($24.3 million) bid from United Energy Commodities (UEC; Geneva) to buy...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Swiss-Firm-Bids-for-Two-Subsidiaries-of-Croatias-Dioki_45185.html
July 24, 2012
Sabic says it will increase production capacity for its Stamax long glass fiber-filled polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resins at its facility at Genk, Belium, to meet growing demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sabic-Boosts-Composite-Resins-Production-Capacity-at-Belgium-Facility_45149.html
July 23, 2012
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says its Indorama PET Nigeria (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) subsidiary, on July 19, started up the previously announced 75,000-m.t./year solid state...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-Starts-Up-PET-Plant-in-Nigeria_45045.html
July 23, 2012
Sahara Petrochemicals has announced that its affiliate Al Waha Petrochemicals commenced production on Sunday, following a turnaround at the Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, facilities. Sahara...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sahara-Resumes-Operations-at-Al-Waha-PDH-PP-Complex_45107.html
July 19, 2012
La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain), one of Europe’s largest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle resin and packaging firms, says it has decided to render its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/La-Seda-Abandons-&euro40-Million-Capital-Increase_44822.html
July 18, 2012
Nizhnekamskneftekhim (Nizhnekamsk, Russia), one of the leading petrochemical producers in Russia and the country’s largest styrenics player, is adding a fourth polystyrene (PS)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Nizhnekamsk-Awards-Toyo-PS-Contract-Ups-Styrenics-Output_44963.html
July 11, 2012
Slovnaft (Bratislava, Slovakia) has awarded Alfred Talke Logistics Services (Hürth, Germany) a contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a new logistics...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Talke-to-Construct-PE-Logistics-Facility-for-Slovnaft_44816.html
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