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October 29, 2010
U.S. consumers recycled 28% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers in 2009, increasing for the sixth consecutive year according to the National Association for PET Container...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-PET-Recycling-Rate-Climbs-Again_30520.html
October 29, 2010
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates fell one percentage point in September compared with the prior month, to 92%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Chlorine...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/chlor-alkali-falls_30521.html
October 29, 2010
Arkema says it will increase the price of organic peroxides in Europe, the Mideast, and Asia on November 1, or as contracts allow. Perester-based products will increase by €500/m.t....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/basic-chemicals-price-watch_30522.html
October 11, 2010
Shintech, the wholly owned subsidiary and U.S. vinyls business of Shin-Etsu Chemical, has completed its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) expansion at Plaquemine, LA that doubled PVC capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shintech-Completes-PVC-Expansion_30005.html
October 8, 2010
North American butadiene contracts for the month of October have settled at a decrease of 6 cts/lb, to 86 cst/lb amid a lengthening market, sources say. The latest settlement...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Butadiene-Contracts-Decrease-for-October_30004.html
October 8, 2010
Cristal Global, the production arm of National Titanium Dioxide Co. (Cristal; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia), has declared force majeure on titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced at its Ashtabula, OH...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Cristal-Declares-Force-Majeure_30006.html
October 8, 2010
Sasol took its 417,000-m.t./year ethylene unit at Lake Charles, LA steam cracker offline in late September for a planned maintenance turnaround, sources say. The turnaround is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Sasol-Cracker-Turnaround_30007.html
October 8, 2010
The Shaw Group has licensed two refining technologies from Sinopec designed to help refiners meet environmental regulations for cleaner gasoline as well as increase propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shaw-Licenses-FCC-Propylene-Technology_30008.html
September 17, 2010
North American styrene prices have firmed amid several plant outages combined with demand running slightly ahead of projections. Late month August contracts were reported to be settled...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/North-American-Styrene-Short-on-Plant-Outages-Firm-Demand_29548.html
September 17, 2010
PetroLogistics (Houston) says it is nearing completion of its $300-million propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at Houston. The plant will convert propane into propylene and will be the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PetroLogistics-Updates-Timeline-For-PDH-Unit-Start-Up_29549.html
September 17, 2010
BASF says it will increase prices for all grades of Styropor-brand expandable polystyrene (EPS) in North America by 5 cts/lb on October 1. The increase is necessary due to “raw...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/BASF-to-increase-EPS-Prices_29550.html
September 17, 2010
Williams Partners (Tulsa, OK) says it has completed an expansion of its cryogenic processing train at its Echo Springs, WY natural gas processing plant and has begun operations at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Williams-completes-expansion_29551.html
September 17, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of emulsion polymers on October 1, or as contracts allow. Acrylic emulsions will increase by 5 cts/lb in the Americas and €100/m.t. in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Celanese-Ups-Acetate-Prices_29552.html
September 17, 2010
Ethylene contracts for the months of July and August have settled in a two-month deal, market players say. The deal places July ethylene at a loss of 2.5 cts/lb, to 37 cts/lb, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ethylene-Contracts-Settle-in-Two-Month-Deal_29556.html
September 10, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of all grades of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymers sold under the trade name Ateva by 6cts/lb on October 1, or as contracts allow. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_29393.html
September 10, 2010
North American demand for synthetic latex, still reeling from the one-two punch of the global recession and U.S. housing crisis, is not expected to return to pre-recession levels for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Demand-Shifts-to-Regions-with-Higher-GDP-Growth_29390.html
September 10, 2010
Several U.S. caustic soda producers, including Olin and Dow Chemical, have nominated a $45/ton increase for all grades. The nomination represents the third increase this summer and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Caustic-Soda-Set-to-Increase_29391.html
September 10, 2010
EkO Peroxide (Columbus, MS), the joint venture between Eka Chemicals and OCI Chemical, says it will raise hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) prices in North America due to increases in cost...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/EkO-Peroxide-Ups-H2O2-Prices_29392.html
September 3, 2010
Kraton Polymers say it has initiated a project assessment for building a 30,000-m.t./year hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in Asia. Strong growth in Kraton’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Kraton-Plans-New-Polymer-Plant-In-Asia_29236.html
September 3, 2010
Shell Chemicals says it has completed its first turnaround at its Nanhai petrochemicals joint venture complex at Guangdong, China. Nanhai is a 50-50 jv with China National Offshore Oil...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Shell-Completes-Turnaround-and-Debottlenecking-at-Chinese-JV_29235.html
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