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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
March 2, 2012
Eastman Chemical says it will increase the price of methyl acetate by 3 cts/lb in North America on March 15, due to elevated operating costs, particularly for raw materials and freight...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_41730.html
February 21, 2012
Global demand for polycarbonate (PC) is expected to grow about 5.3%/year to 2016, to about 4.7 million m.t., driven by developments in the automotive glazing and consumer electronics...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Auto-and-Electronics-Drive-Polycarbonate-Growth_41418.html
February 17, 2012
Koppers (Pittsburgh), a maker of coal tar-based products, says it will close its wood treating facility at Grenada, MS by July 31. The plant produces utility poles and had net sales of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Koppers-to-Close-Plant_41419.html
February 17, 2012
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase the price of polyols in the North America on March 1, or as contracts allow. Neopentylglycol and trimethylolpropane will each increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Oxea-Boosts-Prices_41420.html
February 10, 2012
North American propylene contracts are poised to skyrocket for the month of February with settlements reported to be nearly concluded at a gain of 16.5 cts/lb by CW press time. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Propylene-Prices-Poised-to-Skyrocket_41240.html
February 10, 2012
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City, OK) has completed a project to increase anhydrous ammonia capacity at its Pryor, OK facility. The nameplate ammonia capacity at the plant is 255,500...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LSB-Industries-Completes-Anhydrous-Ammonia-Expansion_41241.html
February 10, 2012
Celanese says it will increase the price of vinyl acetate/ethylene (VAE), vinyl acrylic, pure acrylic, PVAc homopolymers and other copolymers sold in the Americas by 3 cts/lb, on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_41242.html
January 27, 2012
Recent announcements that methanol producers will significantly increase capacity in North America is more than just a shift to take advantage of low feedstock prices, players say. If...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Capacity-Additions-Signal-Structural-Shift_40813.html
January 27, 2012
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rose 4 percentage points in December, to 81%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chlor-Alkali-Production-Rises_40814.html
January 27, 2012
BASF has declared force majeure on purified ethylene oxide (EO) produced at its Geismar, LA plant citing “a mechanical failure of a critical piece of equipment.” The force majeure...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/BASF-Declares-Force-Majeure_40815.html
January 27, 2012
Enterprise Products Partners says it will extend its open commitment period for ethane volumes from its ATEX Express pipeline by two weeks due to increased demand. Enterprise announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Enterprise-Extends-Ethane-Shipper-Commitment-Period_40816.html
January 20, 2012
The North American petrochemical plant turnaround season is beginning, and U.S. ethane prices have fallen 7% since the start of the year, to about 68 cts/gal, due partly to reduced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Turnarounds-Boost-North-American-Ethylene-Prices_40608.html
January 20, 2012
U.S. benzene contracts were settled 70 cts/gal higher for January, up more than 23% from December, and spot aromatics prices have shot even higher as multiple forces combine to choke...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Reformer-Reductions-Pinch-Supply_40609.html
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