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December 16, 2010
U.S. ethylene contracts are expected to settle in a two-month deal for November and December, market players say. November contracts are expected to increase by 7 cts-8 cts/lb on...
December 16, 2010
Keyuan Petrochemicals (Ningbo, China) says it will spend about $3.8 million to expand petrochemical capacity by about 30%, to 720,000 m.t./year, at its Nigbo facility. The company...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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