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July 6, 2012
Sunoco’s Marcus Hook, PA industrial complex—a former oil refinery and petrochemical facility that was shut down last December—may be able to be re-used in ways that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Study-Sunocos-Marcus-Hook-Site-Could-House-Cracker-or-PDH-Unit_44681.html
July 6, 2012
North American butadiene contracts for the month of July have settled at a 17-cts/lb decrease from June levels, to 90 cts-98 cts/lb, a drop of 15%. The settlement reflects weak demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Butadiene-Contracts-Plunge-Again_44682.html
June 22, 2012
Orhon: Change benefits producers and buyers. Styron says its proposal to settle polystyrene (PS) contracts in Europe at the beginning of each month rather than at the end has met with...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Styron-Sees-Positive-Reaction-To-PS-Settlement-Change_44367.html
June 22, 2012
Braskem has started up a 100,000-m.t./year butadiene expansion at its Triunfo, Brazil petrochemical complex. The company announced last year that it would spend about R300 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Braskem-Starts-up-Butadiene-Expansion-at-Triunfo_44368.html
June 15, 2012
North American propylene prices have taken a nosedive in recent weeks as global oil and petrochemical prices slide. June contracts settled recently at a decrease of 15.5 cts/lb...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/June-Propylene-Prices-Tank-in-North-America_44175.html
June 15, 2012
Kuraray (Tokyo) says its Kuraray America subsidiary will build a 40,000-m.t./year polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) plant at La Porte, TX. The plant is expected to be onstream in September...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Kuraray-to-Build-Polyvinyl-Alcohol-Plant-at-La-Porte-TX_44176.html
June 15, 2012
Kinder Morgan has completed a binding open season for its $225-million Cochin pipeline reversal project, which will move light natural gas liquids (NGL) condensate from Kankakee...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Kinder-Morgan-Completes-Contracts-for-Cochin-NGL_44178.html
June 1, 2012
As use of lighter materials to reduce weight in vehicles become more prevalent, fuel efficiency regulations are tightening in the automotive industry and causing supply and demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Lightweighting-Expands-Options-for-Chemical-Makers_43858.html
June 1, 2012
Potash industry majors including Canadian firms Potash Corp. and Agrium, as well as players in Europe and Russia, have announced investments to keep pace with rising demand. Global...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Potash-Market-Poised-to-Expand_43859.html
May 18, 2012
Woelfel: Positioning the company for growth. Nova Chemicals has set out to capitalize on abundant and cost-advantaged ethane by expanding ethylene and polyethylene (PE) operations in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Nova-Chemicals-Boosting-Feedstocks-Reaping-Benefits_43534.html
May 11, 2012
Four new recommendations are to be incorporated into the chemical industry’s Responsible Care code, experts told attendees at the recent 2012 Responsible Care conference held in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/ACC-Updates-Product-Process-Safety-Standards_43333.html
April 20, 2012
lighter trucks: Sabic’s PBT resin is used in seven models of Volvo’s 2012 heavy truck line. The outlook for the North American polyolefins industry is solid after the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/NPE-2012-Producers-Optimistic-for-Industry-Growth_42757.html
April 6, 2012
That April is the cruelest month is typically a reference to the highly variable weather, but for Styron it could also apply to the fate of the company’s proposal to settle...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Support-for-Early-PS-Settlement-in-Europe-but-Timing-Is-in-Doubt_42528.html
April 6, 2012
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) says it will expand natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation capacity at its Sweeny, TX facility by about 19%, or about 22,000 bbl/day. The NGL...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CPChem-to-Boost-NGL-Fractionation-And-1-Hexene-Capacity_42529.html
March 26, 2012
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) price in North America are marching higher. After consecutive price increases of 2 cts/lb in January and February, producers are pushing a 3-cts/lb increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-European-PVC-Prices-Rising-But-Meet-Some-Resistance_42156.html
March 23, 2012
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase prices for neopentylglycol by 5 cts/lb in North America and $200/m.t. in the rest of the world, while 2-ethylhexanoic acid will rise by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_42158.html
March 23, 2012
Celanese says it will raise the price of all acrylic based emulsions sold in Europe, the Mideast and Africa by €80/m.t. on April 1, or as contracts permit. Separately, Ticona, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Celanese-to-Increase-Prices_42159.html
March 16, 2012
Liveris: Shale gas presents huge opportunities to U.S.-based companies across the manufacturing segment. North American petrochemical producers are poised to benefit from abundant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CERA-Week-2012-Shale-Gas-Benefits-U-S-Chemical-Makers_42046.html
March 2, 2012
The U.S. soda ash industry is expected to remain robust this year as growth in domestic and export demand should support a continued recovery in production, industry experts say...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Bright-Spot-Ahead-for-North-American-Soda-Ash-Producers_41726.html
March 2, 2012
North American butadiene producers have nominated hefty price increases for March. As of CW press time, three U.S. producers have separately proposed increases of 25 cts/lb, 27 cts/lb...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Butadiene-Producers-Eye-Hikes_41729.html
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