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June 2, 2011
LyondellBasell has declared force majeure on polyethylene (PE) after a power failure at its Morris, IL plant. The plant has the capacity to produce about 295,000 m.t./year of linear...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-Declares-Force-Majeure-on-Polyethylene-Following-Power-Outage_35258.html
May 26, 2011
Nova Chemicals reported first-quarter net income of $163 million, up 69% from the year-ago quarter, on stronger sales volumes and higher selling prices.   Operating income in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Nova-Profits-Boosted-by-Strong-Sales-and-Selling-Prices_35062.html
May 25, 2011
China is accelerating its shift to coal-derived chemicals to offset its growing dependence on oil imports. The country is on track to significantly hike its coal-to-chemical and fuel...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/China-Accelerates-and-Deepens-Coal-to-Chemical-Activities_35025.html
May 23, 2011
Dow Chemical says it has completed a pilot test for turning recycled plastic into energy. The pilot test found that 96% of available energy was recovered after incinerating 578 lbs of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Dow-Completes-Pilot-Project-for-Turning-Recycled-Plastic-into-Energy_34985.html
April 12, 2011
Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has instructed state oil company Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) to help stabilize ethanol prices by raising production, a two year project that will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Petrobras-Steps-Up-Ethanol-Production-to-Stem-Soaring-Prices_34067.html
April 1, 2011
Braskem-Idesa, a joint venture between Braskem and Idesa (Mexico City), has awarded a contract  to Technip to build its world scale ethylene plant in Mexico. The project, dubbed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-Idesa-Awards-Mexican-Ethylene-Plant-Contract-to-Technip_33862.html
March 9, 2011
Completion of ONGC Petro-Additions' (Opal; Mumbai) multi-billion dollar project has been delayed, CW has learned. Senior executives at Opal tell CW that the $3.1 billion joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/OPAL-Project-in-India-Delayed-to-2013_33299.html
March 8, 2011
Battelle (Columbus, OH), an independent research and development organization, developed the process to combine soybean meal with “off the shelf” plastic resins with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council. The biomaterial is bonded at a molecular level, rather than simply being an organic filler, rendering comparable performance to conventional PE and PP....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Ohio-Firm-Launches-Soybean-Based-Polyolefin-Composites_33295.html
March 1, 2011
Dow Chemical says it has created a performance plastics division, comprised of all Dow plastics including solution polyethylene, wire and cable, elastomers, and films and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Dow-Creates-Performance-Plastics-Divison_33140.html
March 1, 2011
Eastman Chemical says it has boosted its 2011 earnings guidance to nearly $8/share, and has raised its first-quarter 2011 earnings to about $2/share. The company expects the compound...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Eastman-Boosts-Earnings-Outlook_33138.html
February 1, 2011
BASF has added 60,000 m.t./year capacity at its Ludwigshafen based Ecoflex biodegradable polyester plant bringing the total to 74,000 m.t./year. BASF is, at the same time, ramping up a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/BASF-Completes-Expansion-of-Ecoflex-Biodegradable-Polyester-Plant_32563.html
January 27, 2011
Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Borealis, has awarded a $169-million contract o Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Seoul) to build Borouge's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Borouge-Awards-XLPE-Contract-to-Hyundai-Engineering_32433.html
January 20, 2011
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh; Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has announced un-audited financial results for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Petro-Rabigh-Swings-into-Profit-Plans-Maintenance-in-April_32243.html
January 14, 2011
Two world-scale petrochemical projects are expected to go ahead shortly in Qatar, rather than the previously announced one, CW has learned. Senior officials in Qatar told CW recently...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Cracker-Projects-by-Both-Shell-and-ExxonMobil-Are-Set-to-Go-Ahead-in-Qatar_32125.html
January 6, 2011
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT (Oberhausen, Germany) say they are testing how plastics can be given new characteristics...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/CO2-Impregnation-Creates-New-Characteristics-in-Plastics_31930.html
December 28, 2010
A fire has shut down Petronas Chemicals' aromatics plant at Kertih in the oil-producing Malyasian state of Terengganu. The fire was put out quickly after flaring up on Friday night...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Fire-Shuts-Down-Petronas-Chemicals-Aromatics-Plant_31813.html
December 17, 2010
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) says it has awarded the engineering design, procurement, and construction contract for a previously announced ethylene vinyl acetate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Koreas-GS-E-and-C-to-Build-EVA-Plant-for-Sipchem_31704.html
November 26, 2010
Roquette (Lestrem, France), the world’s fourth largest producer of starch, says it plans to start producing commercial volumes of a range of bioplasticisers and biopolymers...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Roquette-Develops-Low-Toxicity-Bio-Alternatives-to-Phthalates-Bisphenol-A_31207.html
November 19, 2010
Brazilian petrochemicals firm Braskem (São Paulo) and trading company Toyota Tsusho (Nagoya, Japan) say a life-cycle assessment of Braskem’s polyethylene (PE) made from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Life-Cycle-Assessment-of-Braskems-Green-PE-Shows-70-percent-Savings-in-GHG-Emissions_31101.html
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