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August 26, 2011
Styron says it will increase the prices for all polycarbonate resins by €220/m.t. in Europe, the Mideast and Africa on September 1, or as contracts allow BASF says it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_37151.html
August 22, 2011
Eastman Chemical has restarted its 358,000-m.t./year ethylene unit at Longview, TX following an unplanned outage in early August. Eastman halted ethylene and propylene at its largest...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Producers-Resume-Production_36982.html
August 22, 2011
A flurry of caustic soda price increases were nominated by most North American producers in mid-August, after numerous failed attempts to raise contract prices in July by $50/ton...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chlor-Alkali-Producers-Nominate-Caustic-Soda-Price-Hikes_36980.html
August 22, 2011
North American commodity chemicals prices have stumbled in August amid volatility in financial markets and falling energy prices. U.S. butadiene spot prices tumbled 10 cts/lb, to 189...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Commodity-Chemicals-Stumble-on-Financial-Volatility_36979.html
August 19, 2011
The American Natural Soda Ash Corp. (ANSAC; Westport, CT)—a consortium of U.S.-based soda ash producers that sells into specific overseas markets—says it has lifted its...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ansac-Lifts-Force-Majeure_36981.html
August 8, 2011
Global demand for ethylene glycol (EG) increased 12.1% in 2010, to about 19.5 million m.t., and it is forecast to grow about 5.4%/year through 2015, driven by increased demand for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ethylene-Glycol-Market-Firms-Players-Bullish-on-Outlook_36642.html
July 8, 2011
Global olefins prices are easing, with the notable exception of butadiene, as supply improves and crude oil prices decline. U.S. ethylene contracts for June settled down 3.5 cts/lb, or...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Global-Olefins-Prices-Move-Lower_35988.html
July 8, 2011
PetroLogistics, owner and operator of the world’s largest propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, may be in talks to buy or lease some of Bayer’s 1,460 unused acres in West Virginia...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Petrologistics-Eyes-Bayer-Land-in-West-Virginia-for-Ethane-Cracker_35989.html
July 8, 2011
U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates in May rose one percentage point from April levels, to 90%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total chlorine production increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Chlor-alkali-Rates-Rise-_35990.html
July 8, 2011
Bolstered by strong utilization rates, U.S. caustic soda producers have stepped out with price increase announcements, citing strong demand and tight supply. Dow Chemical says it will...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Producers-Up-Caustic-Prices_35991.html
June 24, 2011
ExxonMobil Chemical’s Baytown, TX facility, the largest integrated petroleum and petrochemical complex in the U.S., stands out among its peers in terms of size and output. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/ExxonMobils-Baytown-Site-Benefits-from-Feedslate-Flexibility_35724.html
June 13, 2011
U.S. olefins production rose sequentially in the first-quarter of 2011 by an average of 5.7%, according to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA; Washington). The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Olefins-Production-Rises_35370.html
June 13, 2011
LyondellBasell has declared force majeure on polyethylene (PE) after a power failure at its Morris, IL plant. The plant has the capacity to produce about 295,000 m.t./year of linear...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasells-PE-Plant-Down_35369.html
June 13, 2011
Braskem’s chlor-alkali unit at its Maceio facility at Alagoas, Brazil has been shut down following a chlorine leak and subsequent pipeline rupture on May 21 and May 23. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Accident-Keeps-Braskem-Unit-Offline_35368.html
June 13, 2011
Tightness in the North American butadiene market has driven up contract prices for the month of June to an all-time high. June contracts rose by 9 cts/lb on the low end and by a...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Butadiene-Contracts-in-North-America-Hit-Record-High_35367.html
May 31, 2011
Tronox says it increased the price of list and off-list of sodium chlorate by $60/ton globally on May 20, or as contracts allow, due to continued increases in manufacturing costs from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_35073.html
May 31, 2011
Formosa Plasitcs declared a system-wide force majeure on May 19 due to a fire at its Mailiao, Taiwan complex, sources say. Caustic soda, chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer products...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Formosa-declares-force-majeure_35072.html
May 31, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) began the restart process for its 676,000-m.t./year ethylene unit at Sweeny, TX in mid-May. The unit was taken offline in late March for routine...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CPChem-Restarts-Ethylene-Unit_35071.html
May 31, 2011
Sasol says it has selected S&B Engineers and Constructors (Houston) as its engineering, procurement, and construction management contractor to construct its recently announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Sasol-Selects-Contractor_35070.html
May 31, 2011
U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates in April fell 3-percentage points from March levels, to 89%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total chlorine production decreased...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Chlor-Alkali-Producers-Report-Lower-Rates-for-April_35069.html
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