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December 16, 2010
Sasol Polymers agreed to a R11.6 million settlement ($16.4 million) with the South African Competition Commission in relation to its existing propylene supply agreement with plastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Sasol-Settles-Price-Fixing-Suit_31629.html
December 10, 2010
North American olefins prices are tracking upward in December, fueled by renewed demand among buyers and tightening supplies. Polymer-grade propylene (PGP) ticked higher by about 3...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Prices-Rising-on-Supply-Tightness-and-Growing-Demand_31459.html
December 10, 2010
BASF says it increased the price of butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) by 120/m.t. on November 30, or as contracts allow Albemarle says it will increase prices globally for all...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_31460.html
December 10, 2010
Dow Chemical says it has increased monopropylene glycol capacity at Stade, Germany by 35,000 m.t./year, or about 15%. The expansion was completed in August during planned maintenance...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-Boosts-pg-Capacity_31461.html
December 10, 2010
U.S. natural soda ash production fell 10% in September, to 828,000 m.t., compared with August, says the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS; Washington). The decline compares with an average...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Soda-Ash-Production-Falls-Amid-Low-Producer-Inventories_31462.html
November 19, 2010
Solvay Chemicals says it will complete its exit from the American Natural Soda Ash Corp. (ANSAC) by year end. The company in January 2009 announced its intention to leave ANSAC, an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Solvay-Prepares-to-Exit-ANSAC_31029.html
November 19, 2010
The North American chlor-alkali market is expected to grow about 2%-3%/year through 2012, to about 11.5 million m.t., in part due to slower recovery in end-user markets, says a recent...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Report-Chlor-Alkali-Industry-to-Grow-Slowly-Through-2012_31028.html
November 19, 2010
Kronos says it will increase the price for all titanium dioxide (TiO2) products sold in Europe by €200-€250/m.t., depending on the grade, on January 1, 2011. The company will also...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/TiO2-Producers-Up-2011-Prices_31030.html
November 19, 2010
Williams Olefins declared force majeure on olefins produced at Geismar, LA on November 10 due to maintenance problems. Williams took its Geismar steam cracker down for a 6-10 day...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Williams-Ethylene-Outage_31031.html
November 19, 2010
Yara International (Oslo) says it now expects that its 500,000-m.t./year ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant at Ambes, France will be back online by the end of first-quarter 2011. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Yara-Extends-Turnaround_31032.html
November 19, 2010
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase the price of several oxo-intermediates on December 1, or as contracts allow. Butanol, butyl acetate, and propanol will each increase by...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_31033.html
November 12, 2010
With the surge in supply from unconventional resources such as shale gas, North American chemical makers have an incentive to use natural gas as a raw material to feed petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Low-Natural-Gas-Prices-Bode-Well-for-U-S-Petchem-Makers_30876.html
November 12, 2010
Dow Chemical says it has started production of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) at its new solution phase LLDPE train (SPE II) at Map Ta Phut, Thailand. SPE II is owned by Siam...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-Starts-lldpe-Line-in-Thailand_30877.html
November 12, 2010
Invista says it has signed a technology licensing agreement with Markor Chemical (Urumqi, China) for butanediol (BDO) manufacturing technology, which Markor will use at its 100,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Invista-Licenses-Technology-_30878.html
November 12, 2010
Invista says it plans to upgrade its three Texas chemical plants located at LaPorte, Orange, and Victoria. The company produces a variety of specialty intermediates at its Victoria and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/-Plans-to-Upgrade-Texas-Plants_30879.html
November 4, 2010
North American olefin prices are returning to more realistic values after a series of steam cracker outages inflated spot and contract prices earlier this year. Butadiene and propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Olefins-Tracking-Downward_30519.html
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
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