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March 25, 2011
A surge in supply from unconventional gas sources will keep North American natural gas prices low relative to crude oil through at least 2015, Bill Sanderson, president and CEO of...
March 25, 2011
The global caustic soda market is expected to tighten as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, players say. Several major facilities located near the affected zone...
March 25, 2011
SNC-Lavalin says it has been contracted by BHP Billiton (Melbourne) to build a project hub, manage feasibility studies, and perform engineering, procurement, and construction...
March 18, 2011
Lanxess plans to build a 20,000 m.t./year compounding facility for engineering plastics at Gastonia, NC, part of a €75 million ($105 million) investment program in its...
March 18, 2011
The outlook for the North American polyester textile filament market is positive as demand increases due to recovery in end-use markets, says Michael Bermish, senior consultant at PCI...
March 18, 2011
Westlake Chemical says its founder and former chairman, Ting Tsung “T. T.” Chao as been selected for posthumous induction into the Plastics Hall of Fame by the Plastics Academy...
March 11, 2011
Invista says it will move forward with previously announced plans to build a nylon-6,6 intermediates and polymers complex at Shanghai with start-up expected in 2014. The plant will use...
March 11, 2011
Celanese says it increased the price of acetic acid, acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), and ethyl acetate on March 1, or as contracts allow. Acetic acid increased by...
March 11, 2011
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rose 7 percentage points in January 2011, to 92%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
March 11, 2011
Limited supply and strong demand pushed North American butadiene contracts over the $1/lb level for the month of March, to $1.04/lb, market sources say. The settlement represents a 6%...
February 25, 2011
North American ethylene prices spiked in the wake of Enterprise Product Partners’ outage at its Mont Belvieu, TX natural gas storage facility. Supply constraints drove spot ethylene...
February 25, 2011
Huntsman says it will expand polyetheramine capacity by 40,000 m.t./year at Jurong Island, Singapore. The expansion will cost about $70 million and will bring capacity to about 56,000...
February 25, 2011
Braskem says it has restarted two ethylene units at its Camaçari petrochemicals complex at Bahia, Brazil, after the plants went offline in early February due to an unexpected power...
February 25, 2011
Celanese says it will expand ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) capacity by about 15% at its Edmonton, AB facility in the second half of 2011 due to strong demand growth. Global EVA...
February 25, 2011
Dow Chemical says it has finished the conversion of one of its ethylene oxide-ethylene glycol (EO-EG) production units to EO-only at its St. Charles, LA facility. The decision is a...
February 11, 2011
The soda ash market is expected to be healthy this year as global export demand increases, industry players say. “As we begin 2011, global soda ash demand is recovering at a solid...
February 11, 2011
PotashCorp of Saskatchewan says it plans to invest about $158 million to restart its idled 474,000-m.t./year anhydrous ammonia plant at Geismar, LA. The plant was idled in 2003 due to...
February 11, 2011
Dow Chemical says it began a restart at its St. Charles, LA cracker after a power outage forced it offline in early January. The cracker has the capacity to produce about 1.3 billion...
February 11, 2011
Hunstman Chemical’s complex at Port Neches, TX went offline during the first week of February due to a power failure, market sources say. The cracker has the capacity to produce...
February 11, 2011
LyondellBasell says it will shut one of two olefins units at its Channelview, TX petrochemical complex in the second quarter for planned maintenance. The complex has a combined...
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