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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
January 20, 2012
North American spot butadiene prices skyrocketed 30 cts/lb last week, to $1.34/lb. The surge was triggered by short supply combined with renewed buying interest, players say. Most...
December 19, 2011
Petchem Players Eye Benefits of Feedstock Revolution Midstream petroleum companies are poised to benefit from a building boom in the U.S. petrochemical industry, following a flurry of...
December 9, 2011
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates fell 5 percentage points in October, to 78%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
December 9, 2011
Koppers Holdings says it will close its carbon black manufacturing facility at Kurnell, Australia. The decision was made in response to deteriorating operating conditions including raw...
December 9, 2011
North American butadiene contracts have concluded for the month of December in a split settlement, just as the market evened out contract prices. Three producers’ contracts settled...
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