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March 8, 2013
Production in Asia of ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the precursors for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), has been constrained by chlorine availability and...
March 1, 2013
Unusually weak demand for coproduct phenol has tightened acetone supply in the United States and Europe, sending prices upward, say analysts at IHS Chemical. Acetone prices for small...
March 1, 2013
Oversupply and sluggish demand will continue to impact the price of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in Europe throughout 2013 with changes mostly dictated by feedstock prices, a...
February 15, 2013
With the Lunar New Year behind them and a flood of new polybutadiene rubber (PBR) capacity just ahead, Chinese traders are buying butadiene with the expectation that supplies will soon...
February 15, 2013
demand for polypropylene (PP) remains weak in Europe. The weakness is compounded by propylene feedstock prices, which, between September 2012 and January 2013, shed €70/m.t. ($94)...
February 8, 2013
The global market for soda ash seemed to have bounced back from the recession of 2009, but in 2012, after two years of strong growth, demand weakened dramatically, and recent contract...
February 8, 2013
A strike at Sabic Europe’s site at Geleen, in the province of Limburg, in the Netherlands, concluded on 5 February when 1,800 employees resumed their regular tasks after 5 days of...
January 25, 2013
Natural gas from shale brings North American chlor-alkali producers key advantages that will enable them to increase their share of the global market despite subdued demand and chronic...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 12, 2012
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative’s (IFFCO; New Delhi) subsidiary IFFCO Canada has teamed up with La Coop fédérée (Montreal), an agricultural...
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