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March 28, 2013
Growth in chemical demand will continue to center in developing economies, but growth in supply will more and more be located elsewhere, increasing global trade, according to Dave Witte, IHS senior v.p. and general manager of IHS Chemical....
March 28, 2013
Stronger global economic conditions and moderating oil prices are improving global growth prospects. The outlook for 2013 is brightening in part because of the dangers the global...
March 7, 2013
Production in Asia of ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the precursors for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), has been constrained by chlorine availability and...
February 28, 2013
Unusually weak demand for coproduct phenol has tightened acetone supply in the United States and Europe, sending prices upward, say analysts at IHS Chemical. Acetone prices for small...
February 28, 2013
Oversupply and sluggish demand will continue to impact the price of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in Europe throughout 2013 with changes mostly dictated by feedstock prices, a...
February 14, 2013
With the Lunar New Year behind them and a flood of new polybutadiene rubber (PBR) capacity just ahead, Chinese traders are buying butadiene with the expectation that supplies will soon...
February 14, 2013
demand for polypropylene (PP) remains weak in Europe. The weakness is compounded by propylene feedstock prices, which, between September 2012 and January 2013, shed €70/m.t. ($94)...
February 7, 2013
The global market for soda ash seemed to have bounced back from the recession of 2009, but in 2012, after two years of strong growth, demand weakened dramatically, and recent contract...
February 7, 2013
A strike at Sabic Europe’s site at Geleen, in the province of Limburg, in the Netherlands, concluded on 5 February when 1,800 employees resumed their regular tasks after 5 days of...
January 24, 2013
Natural gas from shale brings North American chlor-alkali producers key advantages that will enable them to increase their share of the global market despite subdued demand and chronic...
January 17, 2013
European chlorine production was down in December 2012, according to the latest figures published by industry association Euro Chlor (Brussels). European chlorine capacity utilization...
January 17, 2013
Low growth and slim margins led to rationalization of titanium dioxide (TiO2) production between 2008 and 2011. Capacity fell in the United States by about 9%, and in Europe by...
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