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May 23, 2013
Sabic has opened its first engineering plastics compounding facility as well as a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant, at its manufacturing affiliate, Saudi Specialty Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Report-Sabic-opens-compounding-facilities-at-Al-Jubail_52258.html
May 13, 2013
The Competition Tribunal (Pretoria) is set to hear next week the case brought against Sasol by the Competition Commission (Pretoria), under which Sasol was accused of charging...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sasol-to-defend-propylene-and-PP-pricing-policies-before-competition-tribunal_51947.html
May 9, 2013
Braskem's first quarter earnings totaled R$227 million ($113 million), up 49% year-over-year (YOY) from R$152 million, but down 18% sequentially from R$275 million in the fourth quarter of 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Braskem-first-quarter-net-income-up-49-percent_51886.html
May 7, 2013
State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan (Socar; Baku) will produce polypropylene (PP) at a new site to be established by its Azerikimya Production Union (Baku) subsidiary, Socar...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Report-Azerbaijans-Socar-to-raise-funds-to-build-PP-plant_51811.html
May 3, 2013

A fire at an ethylene purification unit at Formosa Plastics’ complex at Point Comfort, TX yesterday, injured 14 people. Eight of the injured have been treated and released as of Friday morning, according to a company spokesperson. 

The fire occurred in an ethylene purification area near the site’s “PE 1” high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production unit. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Fire-injures-14-at-Formosas-Point-Comfort-TX-site_51743.html
May 3, 2013
Private equity firm Sun Capital (Boca Raton, FL) says it will combine five of the packaging companies its owns under its Exopack Holdings (Spartanburg, SC) investment. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sun-Capital-to-combine-packaging-investments-under-Exopack_51745.html
April 29, 2013
Rosneft (Moscow) and Mitsui & Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop jointly Rosneft's previously announced Far East Petrochemical Co. (Fepco) project near...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Rosneft-Mitsui-sign-MOU-to-develop-petchem-project-in-Russian-far-east_51563.html
April 26, 2013
Russia’s largest producer of petrochemicals, has outlined its investment plans and announced the completion of a 500,000-m.t./year polypropylene (PP) plant at Tobolsk, Russia. Russian regulators are currently on-site inspecting the facility before approving the start of operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-readies-PP-plant-to-decide-on-olefins-complex_51423.html
April 24, 2013
Brazil has proposed a set of tax cuts to boost its petrochemical sector and ethanol sector, according to a statement from the Finance Ministry (Brasilia) issued on Wednesday...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Brazil-proposes-measures-to-stimulate-the-petrochemical-and-ethanol-industries_51399.html
April 18, 2013
Sabic Europe (Sittard, Netherlands) has announced a major restructuring of its operations, resulting in 1,050 job cuts. Sabic employees represent two-thirds of the cuts announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sabic-restructures-European-operations-cuts-more-than-1000-jobs_51273.html
April 17, 2013
State-owned energy company Pertamina (Jakarta) has confirmed the selection of PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) as its partner in a previously announced petrochemical complex on the island of Java, Indonesia....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Pertamina-confirms-PTT-as-partner-in-$5-billion-complex_51082.html
April 17, 2013
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petrochemicals company, has outlined its investment plans and announced the completion of a 500,000-m.t./year polypropylene (PP) plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-readies-world-scale-PP-plant-to-decide-soon-on-major-olefins-complex_51212.html
April 15, 2013
Brazil has launched two investigations into the possible dumping in the Brazilian market of polypropylene (PP) originating from South Africa, India, and Korea. The probes cover the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Brazil-investigates-alleged-dumping-of-polypropylene_51138.html
April 15, 2013
LyondellBasell Industries says that Nizhnekamskneftekhim (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) has selected LyondellBasell’s Spheripol process technology for a new 400,000-m.t./year single-line...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Nizhnekamskneftekhim-selects-LyondellBasell-technology-for-PP-plant_51084.html
April 5, 2013
Brazil has launched two investigations into the possible dumping in the Brazilian market of polypropylene (PP) originating from South Africa, India, and Korea. The probes cover the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Brazil-investigates-alleged-dumping-of-PP-from-South-Africa-India-Korea_50971.html
March 21, 2013
Asahi Kasei Plastics’ North America (Fowlerville, MI) business announced that it is investing $5 million in a new compounding line and plant improvements to accommodate increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Asahi-Kasei-Plastics-invests-$5-million-to-expand-in-North-America_50685.html
March 19, 2013
Dow Chemical says it has licensed its Unipol polypropylene (PP) technology to Oriental Energy (Zhangjiagang, China) to be used in a 400,000-m.t./year PP plant at Zhangjiagang. It will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Chinese-firm-selects-Dows-Unipol-polypropylene-technology_50306.html
February 28, 2013
Dow Chemical says that Oriental Energy has signed a license agreement with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow, for the Unipol...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Chinese-firm-selects-Dows-Unipol-PP-process-technology_50108.html
February 25, 2013
Borealis realized a €100-million ($132 million) net profit during the fourth quarter of 2012, up more than 72% on the same period the previous year, the company announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Borealis-posts-fourth-quarter-profit-up-72-percent_50039.html
February 18, 2013
The Sibur International trading company, a Sibur (Moscow) affiliate, has registered subsidiaries in Istanbul and Kiev, the company announced today. The offices will trade in basic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-opens-trading-offices-in-Ukraine-and-Turkey_49925.html
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