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December 19, 2013
North American polyethylene (PE) inventories at producer locations increased by about 75 million lbs in November, the second consecutive month of accumulation, according to IHS...
December 19, 2013
With 2013 winding down, North America’s olefin consumers are preparing for the new year. Ethylene consumers are stocking up against spring turnarounds, say analysts at IHS...
December 12, 2013
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) has not announced the exact timing of the closure of the company’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, UK, a move that Lotte confirmed...
December 12, 2013
After bottoming out below 43 cts/lb in August, butadiene prices in the United States have been trending upward. However, demand remains weak, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory...
December 12, 2013
Benzene prices have soared in Asia but not as quickly as prices in the United States and Europe, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Aromatics Weekly. Between the end of...
December 12, 2013
The average operating rate for phenol/acetone units in the United States remains an estimated 65–70%, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Acetone. Producers...
December 12, 2013
Formaldehyde plant operating rates are currently low, but rapid growth in downstream resin markets is quickly absorbing the excess, and, by 2018, additional production capacity will be...
December 5, 2013
The recent explosion at Total’s 360,000-bbl/day Antwerp refinery (CW, Nov. 18/25, p. 5) has had limited upward impacts on benzene, toluene, and xylene prices in Europe, IHS...
December 5, 2013
Beginning in 2016, plastics convertors in North America will find increasingly attractive prices for polypropylene (PP), according to Joel Morales, principal analyst at IHS Chemical...
November 28, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has concluded substance evaluation on four substances—ethylene oxide, tributyl phosphate, m-tolylidene diisocyanate, and...
November 20, 2013
As global acetic acid capacity growth has outpaced demand over the last five years, producers have been compelled to come up with new products and technologies in order to remain competitive....
November 21, 2013
Celanese’s recent announcement that it would close its 200,000-m.t./year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at Tarragona, Spain, is the second VAM closure to be confirmed in...
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