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May 21, 2010
Qatar Fertilizer Co. (Qafco) says it has signed an agreement with German distributor Helm (Hamburg) to export and distribute about 18,000 m.t./year of melamine to Europe. The agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Qafco-Inks-Melamine-Deal_26898.html
May 21, 2010
AkzoNobel has restarted its 715,000-m.t./year caustic soda unit at Botlek, the Netherlands. The unit went down in early April for routine maintenance, but is back to normal operation...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Caustic-Soda-Units-Back-Online_26899.html
May 21, 2010
Georgia Gulf lifted its force majeure on chlor-alkali products at its Plaquemine, LA plant on May 10, about 2 weeks after the plant’s cooling tower encountered problems that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Georgia-Gulf-Lifts-Force-Majeure_26900.html
May 21, 2010
Bayer MaterialScience says it will raise prices for diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and polyether worldwide by €25/m.t. effective June 1, or as...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_26901.html
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical says it will idle its 195,000-m.t./year methylene chloride and chloroform production unit at Plaquemine, LA indefinitely due to weak market economics. The facility has...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-Shutters-Louisiana-Methylene-Chloride-Unit_26731.html
May 14, 2010
Ticona Engineering Polymers, Celanese’s advanced engineered materials business, says its has acquired two product lines, Zenite-brand liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and Thermx-brand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Celanese-Acquires-Two-Engineering-Plastics-Lines_26732.html
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical has declared force majeure on methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the U.S. due to production problems at its Deer Park, TX plant. The plant has the capacity to produce about...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-Declares-Force-Majeure-on-MMA-in-the-U-S-_26733.html
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical says that plants based on the company’s Meteor-process technology to produce ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol (EO-EG) have started up at Sinopec Sabic Tianjin...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-EO-EG-Tech-Starts-Up-in-China_26734.html
May 14, 2010
Georgia Gulf on April 26 declared force majeure on chlor-alkali products due to operational issues at the company’s Plaquemine, LA plant. A problem with the unit’s cooling...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Force-Majeure-Tightens-Caustic_26735.html
May 14, 2010
BASF says it will increase prices for all grades of Styropor-brand and Neopor-brand expandable polystyrene (EPS) in North America by 5 cts/lb, effective May 15, due to increased raw...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_26736.html
April 30, 2010
Surging butadiene prices have tightened supply of acrylonitrile-butadiene-stryene (ABS). North American butadiene market has seen prices surge on short supply over the past few months...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Surging-Butadiene-Prices-Create-Short-ABS-Market_26431.html
April 30, 2010
U.S chlor-alkali operating rates skyrocketed in March, jumping 7 percentage points to 91%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). A year ago, effective chlor-alkali...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chlor-Alk-Operating-Rates-Jump_26432.html
April 30, 2010
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) is restarting its 1.8-billion lbs/year ethylene cracker at Cedar Bayou, TX, market sources say. CPChem took the cracker offline at the beginning of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CPChem-Restarting-Cracker_26433.html
April 30, 2010
DuPont Performance Elastomers closed its chlorosulfonated polyethylene plant at Beaumont, TX on April 20, about a year later than expected. The unit had been mostly idle since fourth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/DuPont-Shuts-Elastomers-Unit_26434.html
April 30, 2010
Eastman Chemical says its two crackers at Longview, TX are back online, as scheduled. A power outage on February 20 resulted in a site-wide shutdown. Eastman’s first-quarter earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Eastman-Units-Back-Online_26435.html
April 23, 2010
The skyrocketing cost of propylene monomer is taking a toll on U.S. non-integrated polypropylene (PP) makers, prompting one producer to cite concerns it is having on PP prices and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PP-Producer-Feels-the-Crunch-of-Rising-Propylene-Prices_26209.html
April 23, 2010
North American potash producer inventories declined by about 260,000 m.t. in March, to about 180,000 m.t., representing the lowest inventory level in over a year and the fifth straight...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Potash-Inventories-Decline_26210.html
April 23, 2010
Arkema says it increased the price of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), diacetone alcohol (DAA), hexylene glycol and isophorone by €150/m.t. on April 12, or as contracts allow, due...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_26211.html
April 9, 2010
Shale gas production has become a hot topic in the petrochemical industry, with executives calling the possible additional petrochemical feedstocks from shale-derived natural gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chemical-Industry-Tallies-Benefits-From-Shale-Gas_25896.html
April 9, 2010
Arkema says it increased the price of phthalic anhydride in Europe by €80/m.t. and dioctyl phthalate (DOP)by €120/m.t. on April 1 due to rising raw material costs, particularly...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_25897.html
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