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February 20, 2015
With three North America–based polypropylene (PP) producers remaining in force majeure in mid-February and outages planned for March, supply has become an issue, particularly for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Global-strength-for-PP_67934.html
February 20, 2015
Healthy demand continues to support the North American market for hydrogen peroxide, IHS Chemical says. Market sources report that availability is limited, and some sellers have been...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Tight-hydrogen-peroxide-in-US_67935.html
February 20, 2015
North American prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) have dropped in February, IHS Chemical says. However, demand appears to be picking up, and there has been some inventory...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PS-demand-up-in-North-America_67936.html
February 20, 2015
Domestic demand for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Western Europe is slowly ramping up. Because the weak euro has removed the competitive advantage of Asian material, producers in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europe-PET-production-up_67937.html
February 20, 2015
Prodded by plunging crude oil values, polyethylene (PE) prices fell in the North American market during November 2014 for the first time in 24 months. They continued to fall each month...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-PE-prices-to-continue-decline_67938.html
February 6, 2015
February benzene contracts have been settled in the United States at $2.01/gal, down 9.0% from January for a seventh consecutive monthly decline. Given ample supply and modest demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Benzene-contract-prices-drop-in-US-for-seventh-month-in-a-row_67567.html
February 6, 2015
Eastman Chemical says it will begin a consultation period regarding a proposal to close the company’s 24,000-m.t./year acetate tow manufacturing facility at Siddick, near...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Eastman-plans-acetate-tow-closure-acetyl-prices-stable_67558.html
February 6, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners expects to restore full service to the Appalachia-to-Texas (Atex) ethane pipeline in mid-February. The two suppliers affected by the outage say they are...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Enterprise-expects-to-restart-Atex-pipeline-in-mid-February_67568.html
January 23, 2015
Ethylene supply in Europe improved in the first half of January as most production units returned to operation, IHS Chemical says. However, Shell Chemicals’ 940,000-m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europes-ethylene-supply-improves-in-January_67106.html
January 23, 2015
The cancellation of the Al Karaana olefins and derivatives joint venture between Shell Chemicals and Qatar Petroleum (QP) significantly changes the supply-demand outlook for ethylene glycol (EG), according to an analysis by IHS. Whereas worldwide EG capacity utilization could have fallen to 80% by 2020, it is now likely to be a more comfortable 84–85%....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Al-Karaana-cancellation-brightens-outlook-for-ethylene-glycol-producers_67122.html
January 16, 2015
Artlant PTA (Sines, Portugal), the shares of which are partly owned by former polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat Llobregat, Spain), has once again...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PTA-p-xylene-prices-in-Europe-follow-the-plunge-in-oil_66882.html
January 9, 2015
Asian aromatics prices lost much of their value in 2014, falling toward the end of December to about half of their levels one year ago, IHS Chemical data show. Prices have fallen from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Aromatics-prices-fall-by-half-in-Asia-during-2014_66661.html
January 9, 2015
chlorine production fell 4.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Europe during November 2014, according to the latest figures released by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels). Production in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europes-chlorine-production-falls-4-6-percent-in-November_66663.html
January 6, 2015
The European Commission says that Slovakia’s intention to provide Duslo (Sal'a, Slovakia) with aid to the value of €58.0 million ($69.1 million) to modernize an ammonia...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-Commission-approves-Slovakia-plan-for-$69-million-in-aid-to-modernize-ammonia-plant_66574.html
December 19, 2014
Latin America’s economic performance fell short of expectations this year as the GDP of it and Caribbean grew by only 1.1% in 2014, its slowest rate of expansion since 2009 and well below the 3.4% forecast by IHS one year ago....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Latin-Americas-challenges-opportunities-during-2014_66260.html
December 19, 2014
Benzene and toluene prices in the United States have dropped to four-year lows, and the trend is set to continue into the new year, propelled by falling crude oil prices. The outlook...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/US-benzene-toluene-at-four-year-lows-on-falling-crude-oil-prices_66297.html
December 12, 2014
It says something about the extraordinary competitive advantage enjoyed by North America’s ethylene producers that their primary feedstock, ethane, would be worth more burned...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Collapse-in-crude-oil-pits-ethane-against-propane-for-cracker-share_66123.html
December 12, 2014
The propylene market tightened in Europe during November because of a number of steam cracker issues. Planned and unplanned outages took place, and the combined loss of 13% of regional...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europes-propylene-contract-price-drops-in-December_66065.html
December 5, 2014
BASF’s $625.0-million plan to install a new “droplet polymerization” technology worldwide may significantly increase the company’s total superabsorbent polymer (SAP) production capacity, says Ian Davenport, president of consulting firm Davenport International Associates (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/BASFs-SAP-tech-rollout-may-expand-capacity-consultant_65874.html
December 5, 2014
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA), formerly Styron, has announced price decreases in Europe for all polystyrene (PS) and copolymer grades. The December contract and spot prices for general-purpose...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Europe-styrenics-bearish-as-December-benzene-contract-drops-166m-t-_65875.html
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