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May 3, 2015
Al Waha Petrochemical, an affiliate of Sahara Petrochemicals, restarted production at its Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia based propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene (PP) complex on 30...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Al-Waha-restarts-production-following-maintenance_70042.html
May 1, 2015
A team of researchers from Münster University (Münster, Germany) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME (Aachen, Germany) Münster...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Researchers-identify-components-for-formation-of-rubber-in-dandelions_69980.html
April 30, 2015
Kraton Performance Polymers reports a first-quarter net loss of $9.5 million, down from a net loss of $7.9 million in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 16% year-over-year (YOY) to $261.4 million. Adjusted earnings more than doubled YOY, to $49.2 million, or 76 cents/share, versus 33 cts/share in the year-ago period....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Kraton-reports-first-quarter-earnings-gains-on-butadiene-costs-net-loss-widens_69979.html
April 28, 2015
Repsol (Madrid) and Grupo Kuo (Mexico City) have agreed to extend their 50-50 elastomers joint venture, Dynasol (Madrid), in which they have been partners since 1999. The jv will now...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Repsol-Grupo-Kuo-extend-Dynasol-JV-to-focus-on-synthetic-rubber-market_69887.html
April 27, 2015
W. R. Grace said today that it will provide its Unipol polypropylene (PP) technology and services to Yunnan Yuntianhua PetroChemical Co., for a new 150,000 m.t./year PP production...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/W-R-Grace-to-provide-Unipol-PP-technology-to-China_69862.html
April 27, 2015
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) on 23 April has instructed the US Department of Commerce to continue an investigation into imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Canada, China, India, and Oman. DAK Americas, M&G Chemicals, and Nan Ya Plastics requested the investigation on 10 March, charging that dumped imports of PET resin have damaged their business....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/USITC-votes-to-continue-PET-dumping-investigation_69820.html
April 26, 2015
Ineos Technologies has confirmed that it has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the manufacture of medium-density and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to Socar Polymer for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Ineos-confirms-award-of-HDPE-technology-contract-in-Azerbaijan_69822.html
April 22, 2015
Sanmar Group (Chennai, India) will invest $350 million to expand its chemical facility at Port Said, Egypt, the Egyptian embassy in New Delhi says. Plans include a doubling of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Sanmar-to-double-PVC-capacity-in-Egypt_69600.html
April 21, 2015
ExxonMobil Chemical says it is considering whether to build a new polyethylene (PE) line at its Beaumont, TX, facility. The project would be additional to two 650,000-m.t./year PE lines now under construction at Mont Belvieu, TX. “We’ll conduct an extensive evaluation before making any final investment decision,” ExxonMobil says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ExxonMobil-considering-PE-project-at-Beaumont-TX_69643.html
April 17, 2015
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Plymouth, MI) says that it has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Freudenberg-NOK-develops-biobased-rubber-compound_69570.html
April 17, 2015
Brazil's demand for commodity plastics contracted significantly during 2014 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by chemical industry association Abiquim...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Brazils-demand-for-plastics-contracted-significantly-during-2014_69565.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 14, 2015

Invista has launched P8, a new technology platform that reduces the cost of manufacturing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a polyester precursor, by up to $40/m.t., says Invista.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Invista-launches-new-PTA-technology-platform_69414.html
April 13, 2015
Repsol's sales of polyolefins in Europe grew by more than 20% during the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014, the company says. Sales' volume rose as a result of recent...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Repsol-grows-polyolefin-sales-in-Europe-completes-downsizing-Puertollano-cracker_69368.html
April 13, 2015
India has levied antidumping duties on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) paste resin imports from Mexico and Norway for five years, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) says. Tariffs of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/India-slaps-dumping-duties-on-paste-PVC-imports-from-Norway-Mexico_69358.html
April 10, 2015
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) today announced that it has commissioned its new, previously announced purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plants...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Reliance-commissions-PET-PTA-plants-at-Dahej_69333.html
April 10, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) is adding new polypropylene (PP) grades to its product mix, the company said today. Its Tomsk, Russia, facility has developed and launched PP H263 FF, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-begins-producing-new-PP-grades_69329.html
April 7, 2015
A subsidiary of the energy major Socar (Baku, Azerbaijan) has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) lump-sum, turnkey contract to two subsidiaries of Maire...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Socar-to-build-its-first-PP-plant-awards-contract-to-Tecnimont_69240.html
April 6, 2015
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of ONGC (New Delhi), on Sunday commissioned a polypropylene (PP) plant at Mangalore, India. The unit forms part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Mangalore-Refinery-and-Petrochemicals-commissions-polypropylene-plant_69154.html
April 2, 2015
Japan’s imports of synthetic rubber in February sank from January’s levels, the Rubber Trade Association of Japan says. The country imported 4,809 m.t. of styrene butadiene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Japan-imported-less-synthetic-rubber-in-February_69116.html
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