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August 20, 2010
Concerns about too much supply and diminished margins have haunted ethylene glycol (EG) producers for a long time, but there is enough underlying demand to support long-term growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Experts-See-Strong-Outlook-for-Glycols_28906.html
August 20, 2010
Tronox says it will increase the price of titanium dioxide by €150/m.t. in Europe, Africa and the Mideast and by $200/m.t. in U.S. dollar markets on September 1, or as contracts...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_28907.html
August 20, 2010
Celanese says its affiliate Fortron Industries will increase polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) polymer production capacity at its Wilmington, NC facility. The site currently has the ability...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Fortron-Ups-PPS-Capacity_28908.html
August 6, 2010
a study of North American and global natural gas production and demand economics indicates that olefins producers and other large petrochemical users of gas and natural gas liquids...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Natural-Gas-Forecasts-Bode-Well-for-U-S-Petchems_28608.html
August 6, 2010
Formosa Petrochemical says it is restarting two of its three crude distillation units at the company’s Mailiao, Taiwan petrochemical complex after a July 25 fire which shut the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Fires-HIt-Formosas-Taiwan-site_28609.html
August 6, 2010
U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rebounded in June, jumping 8 percentage points, to 89%, according to the most recent data from the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). May’s 81%...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Chlor-Alkali-Production-Rises_28610.html
August 6, 2010
Royal Dutch Shell says it will go ahead with previously announced plans to close its 130,000-bpd refinery at Montreal East and convert the site to a fuel terminal that will receive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Talks-End-for-Sale-of-Shell-Refinery_28611.html
July 23, 2010
North American spot ethylene prices hit a nine-month low in July, and are down more than 60% from second-quarter highs. Spot ethylene, which peaked at about 72 cts-74 cts/lb in April...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Ethylene-Hits-Nine-Month-Low-as-Contracts-Fall-Again_28268.html
July 23, 2010
U.S. propylene contracts for July have rolled over, disappointing producers who had hoped to capitalize on recent price increases for spot propylene. Increases were influenced by both...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/July-Propylene-Contracts-Roll-Over_28269.html
July 23, 2010
Cristal Global (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) says it has partially lifted its declaration of force majeure on most titanium dioxide (TiO2) products manufactured at its Stallingborough, UK...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Cristal-Lifts-TiO2-Force-Majeure_28270.html
July 23, 2010
Solvay Chemicals says it will increase off-list prices for all commodity grades of hydrogen peroxide by 4 cts/lb in the U.S. or $93/m.t. (100% basis) in Canada. The increase takes...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Solvay-Ups-H2O2-Prices_28271.html
July 9, 2010
Eastman Chemical says it has plans to restart one of its shuttered olefins units at Longview, TX next year. Eastman has four ethylene units at its Longview complex, with ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Eastman-Plans-to-Restart-Shuttered-Texas-Unit_27942.html
July 9, 2010
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will sell its 120,000-m.t./year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Oberhausen to Polimeri Europa (Milan). The companies have a long-standing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Oxea-Sells-LDPE-Plant-to-Polimeri-Europa_27943.html
July 9, 2010
Invista says it has filed suit against butanediol (BDO) licensor Frontech (Houston) for misappropriation of trade secrets, theft, false advertising and unfair competition involving...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Invista-Files-Suit-Over-PET-Technology_27944.html
July 9, 2010
Tronox and Exxaro Resources (Pretoria, South Africa) say they have expanded titanium dioxide (TiO2) capacity at their Tiwest joint venture plant at Kwinana, Australia. Capacity at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Tronox-Exxaro-Finish-Expansion_27945.html
July 9, 2010
LyondellBasell says it restarted a crude distillation unit at 268,000-bbl/day Houston refinery on July 1. The unit is one of two heavy crude distillation units that were shuttered...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasell-Restarts-Unit_27946.html
July 9, 2010
Celanese has increased the price of acetic acid, acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), ethyl acetate and butyl acetate on July 1, or as contracts allow, in Europe. Ethyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_27947.html
July 9, 2010
July butadiene contracts in the U.S. have settled at a gain of 2 cts/lb, to 94 cts/lb, market players say. The settlement represents a 49% increase over February levels, and is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Butadiene-Contract-Settles_27948.html
June 25, 2010
PetroLogistics says its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Houston is on schedule for a third-quarter startup. The plant will convert propane into propylene and will be the largest...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Worlds-Largest-PDH-Plant-Gearing-Up-to-Come-Onstream_27636.html
June 25, 2010
Canexus (Calgary) has completed a $206-million conversion and expansion project at its North Vancouver, BC chlor-alkali facility. The company replaced the site’s diaphragm process...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Canexus-Completes-Chlor-Alkali-Upgrade_27637.html
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