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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...
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...
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%...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
August 31, 2012
Universal Capital Management (Wilmington, DE) says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase up to 43% of NB Regeneration (Royal Palm Beach, FL). NB Regeneration is in...
August 31, 2012
Kloppers: Prep work continues despite delay. BHP Billiton (Melbourne) says it will delay major expansion projects because of rising production costs and subdued market conditions. The...
August 3, 2012
An uptick in global automotive demand from Asian countries is driving increased demand for ethylene propylene (EP) elastomers, according to a study from IHS Chemical. EP elastomers are...
August 3, 2012
Williams (Tulsa, OK) says it is considering building a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta. The proposed PDH unit would have the capacity to produce about 1 billion...
July 20, 2012
North American ethylene producers have been able to maintain healthy margins this month amid falling contract prices. U.S. ethylene contracts for June recently settled at a decrease of...
July 20, 2012
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) says it has resumed production of nitric acid and ammonium nitrate at its El Dorado, AR, facility after an explosion in May significantly damaged the...
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