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December 9, 2011
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates fell 5 percentage points in October, to 78%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
December 9, 2011
Koppers Holdings says it will close its carbon black manufacturing facility at Kurnell, Australia. The decision was made in response to deteriorating operating conditions including raw...
December 9, 2011
North American butadiene contracts have concluded for the month of December in a split settlement, just as the market evened out contract prices. Three producers’ contracts settled...
December 9, 2011
Mitsubishi Chemical and A. Schulman have agreed to dissolve and liquidate their Sunprene Co. (Akron, OH) polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds joint venture. Schulman has a 70% stake in...
December 9, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) says it has completed the acquisition of a polyalphaolefin (PAO) plant at Beringen, Belgium from Neste Oil. The purchase price was not disclosed but...
November 18, 2011
Methanex and Agrium each say they have suspended production at manufacturing joint ventures at Damietta, Egypt due to civil unrest. Demonstrators had been protesting alleged pollution...
November 18, 2011
Crew: Steady demand for engineering plastics. Amid concerns about the European sovereign debt crisis and the possibility of a worldwide double dip recession, demand for engineering...
November 4, 2011
Aitken: Methanol demand is healthy. Methanex says it is considering relocating its methanol operations at Cabo Negro, Chile to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The complex has the capacity to...
November 4, 2011
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates fell 4 percentage points in September, to 83%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
November 4, 2011
Tronox says it increased the price for all grades of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in North America by 15 cts/lb, effective November 1, or as contracts allow. These increases are in addition...
October 31, 2011
Fogarty: Strong growth across all its businesses. Kraton Performance Polymers, the originator of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), continues to see growth across key product lines...
October 17, 2011
Ungerleider: Demand growth will outpace supply. Woelfel: North American PE producers will remain competitive. Following a strong rebound in 2010, domestic demand for polyethylene (PE)...
October 7, 2011
ExxonMobil Chemical says demand for high-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) is expected to grow at about 6%-8%/year for the foreseeable future, driving the company to invest in new...
October 7, 2011
North American butadiene prices have plunged in recent weeks, driven by lower demand and sluggish buying interest. Contracts for the month of October settled at a decrease of 30...
October 7, 2011
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rose 2-percentage points in August, to 87%, according to the latest statistics reported by The Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
October 7, 2011
FMC says it will increase both list and off-list soda ash prices by $15/ton for all grades of soda ash on November 1. The increase applies to both bulk and packaged products and is in...
September 9, 2011
Grupo Alfa’s (Monterrey, Mexico) DAK Americas unit says it has completed the acquisition of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) business of Wellman for $185 million. The deal...
September 9, 2011
The U.S. spot caustic soda market has hit a late-summer slowdown amid a flurry of contract price increase nominations. Spot activity remains scant, but a previously announced $65/ton...
September 9, 2011
North American ethylene contracts for the month of August have settled at a decrease of 1.25 cts/lb, to 55.5 cts/lb on lower feedstock costs, market players say. The settlement...
September 9, 2011
BorsodChem (Kazincbarcika, Hungary) says it has decided to close the company’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) processing business, Ablakprofil, with the loss of 82 jobs. Ablakprofil, which...
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