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October 9, 2014
Europe's styrene monomer market is facing supply constraints and a potential price spike. Europe's spot styrene prices have risen sharply since an 2 October close of $1,515-1,530/m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Supply-constraints-tightening-styrene-but-demand-remains-weak_64378.html
October 8, 2014

Trinseo (Berwyn, PA),  formerly Styron, says it is reorganizing its business divisions into two groups and reassigning members of the executive team. A newly created performance materials division will include rubber, latex, and performance plastics consisting of the automotive and consumer essential markets businesses. A new basic plastics and feedstocks division will include styrenic polymers—polystyrene, ABS, SAN—polycarbonate, and styrene monomer.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Trinseo-realigns-businesses-leadership_64342.html
October 2, 2014
Brazil's antitrust body CADE (Brasilia) has approved the acquisition of Innova (Triunfo, Brazil), a subsidiary of Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro), by plastic packaging and styrene producer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Brazil-antitrust-body-approves-Videolar-acquisition-of-Petrobras-styrenic-assets_64231.html
September 30, 2014
Styrolution says it will begin production of NAS and Zylar transparent styrene copolymers at a new plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in early October. The company has already begun production of NAS in Decatur, AL....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-completes-transparent-styrene-copolymer-projects_64153.html
August 6, 2014
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA) reports a second-quarter net loss of $45 million, down from a loss of $28 million in the year-ago period. Revenues declined 2% year-over-year (YOY) to $1.3 billion. Adjusted earnings of 28 cts/share were shy of the analysts’ consensus estimate of 31 cts/share, as compiled by Thomson Reuters....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Trinseo-reports-second-quarter-loss-of-$45-million_63038.html
July 3, 2014
Synthos (Oświęcim, Poland) will invest 631.2 million zloty ($207.6 million) across three petrochemical projects at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Krakow, Poland, the SEZ...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Synthos-announces-three-petchem-projects-at-Krakow_62239.html
June 30, 2014
Ineos will acquire BASF’s 50% share in Styrolution (Frankfurt), a joint venture between the companies, for €1.10 billion ($1.47 billion) , the companies said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Ineos-to-acquire-BASFs-stake-in-Styrolution-for-&euro1-1-billion_62146.html
June 27, 2014
BEWi AS (Hamarvik, Norway), a producer of expandable polystyrene (EPS) insulation and packaging, has merged with EPS producer StyroChem Finland Oy (StyroChem; Porvoo, Finland). Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Verdane Capital, owner of Styrochem, says it will hold a share of the new company, BEWi Group....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/BEWi-StyroChem-Finland-merge-as-BEWi-Group_62139.html
June 6, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, today launched an initial public offering, aiming to raise $170–190 million through the sale of 10 million common shares. The company has also applied...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Trinseo-launches-$180-million-IPO_61481.html
May 28, 2014
Ineos Technologies announced today that it has licensed its expandable polystyrene (EPS) process for the manufacture of regular and flame-retardant EPS to EPS Qatar. EPS Qatar will use...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Qatar-selects-Ineos-Technologies-EPS-process-for-project-near-Doha_61372.html
May 14, 2014
Styron (Berwyn, PA) reports first-quarter income of $17.1 million, compared with a loss of $9.7 million in the year-ago period. Sales totaled $1.36 billion, down 2.3% year-over-year (YOY) on lower selling prices, partly offset by higher volumes and favorable currency impact....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styron-swings-to-$17-million-profit_61060.html
March 20, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, filed for an initial public offering worth up to $200 million today, nearly three years after the company filed for a $400 million that never commenced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Trinseo-refiles-for-IPO_59621.html
March 14, 2014
Eight manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS), participating in the hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) consortium, have successfully submitted an application for authorization to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/EPS-producers-submit-Reach-authorization-dossier-for-HBCDD_59597.html
March 12, 2014
Trinseo, formerly Styron, reports net income for the 2013 fourth quarter of $10.6 million, up from a loss of $507,000 in the year-ago period. Adjusted Ebitda more than doubled, to $109 million, the result of improved styrene production margins and an additional $10 million in 2013 dividends from the Americas Styrenics joint venture....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/TrinseoStyron-swings-to-profit_59475.html
February 27, 2014
Styrolution (Frankfurt), the global leading producer of styrenics jointly owned by BASF and Ineos, today announced record profits for 2013. Ebitda before special items for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-posts-record-profit-on-strong-styrene-PS-margins-optimistic-for-2014_59151.html
February 25, 2014
Styrolution, the equally owned styrenics joint venture of BASF and Ineos, announced today that it plans to rationalize polystyrene (PS) capacity in North America. Styrolution also...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-to-mothball-PS-plant-in-the-US-strengthen-specialties_59077.html
February 25, 2014
Dow Building Solutions, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has completed converting its three styrofoam extruded polystyrene (XPS) plants in Japan to new polymeric flame-retardant (FR)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Dow-completes-conversion-of-styrofoam-XPS-plants-in-Japan-to-new-polymeric-flame-retardant-technology_59068.html
January 9, 2014
Americas Styrenics (The Woodlands, TX) plans to construct a deep water dock at its styrene production facility at St. James, LA, on the Mississippi River. The company expects to obtain local permits by mid-2014 and to bring the facility online in late 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Americas-Styrenics-plans-deep-water-dock-for-St-James-facility_57856.html
December 9, 2013
Styrolution (Frankfurt), the styrenics joint venture between BASF and Ineos, today announced changes to its styrenics specialties production network in Europe, the Mideast and Africa...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/Styrolution-optimizes-production-network-in-Germany-Schwarzheide-to-become-hub_57188.html
November 21, 2013
University of Leicester (Leicester, UK) students have cloned the DNA sequences responsible for degrading toluene, the university announced. The cloning of these sequences could help...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/UK-university-students-clone-bacteria-that-degrades-toluene_56844.html
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