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January 18, 2013
European chlorine production was down in December 2012, according to the latest figures published by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels). European chlorine capacity utilization...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Poor-PVC-demand-shows-in-low-EU-chlorine-plant-utilization_49071.html
January 18, 2013
Low growth and slim margins led to rationalization of titanium dioxide (TiO2) production between 2008 and 2011. Capacity fell in the United States by about 9%, and in Europe by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Structurally-tight-in-TiO2_49073.html
January 18, 2013
Rising costs and weak demand cut deep into titanium dioxide (TiO2) margins last year, but the prospect of recovery in the US housing market and a strengthening economy in Asia brighten...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/TiO2-Recovering-demand-tight-supply-and-firm-prices-likely-in-2013_49074.html
December 20, 2012
For the first time in at least 20 years, the US price of ethane is less than its value as a heating fuel. Prices had already fallen to levels last seen 10 years ago, the consequence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Tumbling-propane-values-put-ethane-at-disadvantage-in-US_48595.html
December 14, 2012
The market for monoethylene glycol (MEG) is closing a disappointing year on a quiet note, but analysts expect demand to recover in 2013 and to even outpace supply through 2016...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/MEG-recovery-will-tighten-supply-through-2016_48355.html
November 30, 2012
Access to inexpensive shale-based feedstocks is revitalizing North America’s polyethylene (PE) industry by providing a competitive advantage in high-growth markets around the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shale-based-feedstock-to-unlock-high-growth-markets_48004.html
November 30, 2012
ethylene spot prices have fallen steadily in North America since September, and they may fall through December if demand continues to soften. The trend reflects year-end destocking, an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ethylene-demand-soft-in-North-America_48005.html
November 16, 2012
North American benzene prices have climbed to historic highs driven by tight supply. The situation, which is expected to persist through December and possibly longer, is challenging...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Record-highs-strain-North-American-benzene-chain_47741.html
November 9, 2012
Channelview Boost: LyondellBasell will expand ethylene at two more Texas sites. LyondellBasell Industries has announced plans for a second round of US ethylene debottlenecks, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasell-adds-debottlenecks-Georgia-Gulf-eyes-condo-cracker_47565.html
November 9, 2012
Iran’s recently announced ban on exports of petrochemicals and polymers—a decision that has been partially reversed—was the result of a misunderstanding, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Iran-reverses-decision-to-ban-exports-of-petrochemicals_47566.html
October 26, 2012
The geographic balance of global benzene capacity will shift eastward to emerging countries in Asia/Pacific for the rest of this decade—the opposite direction to the olefins...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Demand-capacity-follow-economic-growth-to-Asia_47209.html
October 12, 2012
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative’s (IFFCO; New Delhi) subsidiary IFFCO Canada has teamed up with La Coop fédérée (Montreal), an agricultural...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/IFFCO-La-Coop-federee-and-Quebec-advance-urea-complex_46943.html
October 12, 2012
Dow Chemical said last week that it has concluded an agreement covering the marketing of most of the output to be produced by Sadara Chemical (Sadara), Dow’s joint venture with...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-Chemical-concludes-deal-to-market-most-of-Sadaras-output_46944.html
October 12, 2012
Production of chemicals decreased 2.4% in the European Union (EU) in the first seven months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, Cefic says. Production fell by 2.2%...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/EU-polymers-production-falls-drags-down-EU-output_46945.html
October 5, 2012
Saudi Polymers has announced the commercial startup of its petrochemical complex at Jubail, Saudi Arabia on 1 October 2012. Saudi Polymers is owned 65% by National Petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Saudi-Polymers-starts-production-Kayan-begins-trial-LDPE-run_46736.html
October 5, 2012
weakness in titanium dioxide (TiO2) demand, fueled by aggressive customer destocking as prices decline, is likely to hurt third-quarter financial results for producers, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Weakness-in-TiO2-market-sparks-concern-for-third-quarter-results_46737.html
October 5, 2012
Incitec Pivot (Melbourne) says it has commissioned an ammonia plant at the company’s new ammonium nitrate (AN) complex at Moranbah, Australia. The company began production of AN...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Incitec-Pivot-starts-up-ammonia-plant-in-Australia_46768.html
September 21, 2012
Siermann: Focus on sophisticated products. Ferrari: Limit exposure to gas-based PE. European petrochemicals markets remain difficult, with producers buffeted by weak demand, a high...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-Producers-Seek-Higher-Ground_46436.html
September 21, 2012
The recent bump in prices for benzene, toluene, and mixed xylenes in Europe may already be tipping from boom to bust, market watchers say. Spot benzene ran up more than $200/m.t. and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-Aromatics-Spike-May-Have-Already-Peaked_46437.html
September 14, 2012
Helium supply has become tight in the last few months, and major suppliers are expressing concern as supply dwindles in the location where it is most abundant: the U.S. “Companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Industry-Forced-to-Allocate-as-Helium-Supply-Tightens_46172.html
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