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February 16, 2012
Koppers (Pittsburgh), a maker of coal tar-based products, says it will close its wood treating facility at Grenada, MS by July 31. The plant produces utility poles and had net sales of...
February 16, 2012
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase the price of polyols in the North America on March 1, or as contracts allow. Neopentylglycol and trimethylolpropane will each increase...
February 9, 2012
North American propylene contracts are poised to skyrocket for the month of February with settlements reported to be nearly concluded at a gain of 16.5 cts/lb by CW press time. The...
February 9, 2012
LSB Industries (Oklahoma City, OK) has completed a project to increase anhydrous ammonia capacity at its Pryor, OK facility. The nameplate ammonia capacity at the plant is 255,500...
February 9, 2012
Celanese says it will increase the price of vinyl acetate/ethylene (VAE), vinyl acrylic, pure acrylic, PVAc homopolymers and other copolymers sold in the Americas by 3 cts/lb, on...
January 26, 2012
Recent announcements that methanol producers will significantly increase capacity in North America is more than just a shift to take advantage of low feedstock prices, players say. If...
January 26, 2012
Average U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rose 4 percentage points in December, to 81%, according to the latest statistics reported by the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total...
January 26, 2012
BASF has declared force majeure on purified ethylene oxide (EO) produced at its Geismar, LA plant citing “a mechanical failure of a critical piece of equipment.” The force majeure...
January 26, 2012
Enterprise Products Partners says it will extend its open commitment period for ethane volumes from its ATEX Express pipeline by two weeks due to increased demand. Enterprise announced...
January 19, 2012
The North American petrochemical plant turnaround season is beginning, and U.S. ethane prices have fallen 7% since the start of the year, to about 68 cts/gal, due partly to reduced...
January 19, 2012
U.S. benzene contracts were settled 70 cts/gal higher for January, up more than 23% from December, and spot aromatics prices have shot even higher as multiple forces combine to choke...
January 19, 2012
North American spot butadiene prices skyrocketed 30 cts/lb last week, to $1.34/lb. The surge was triggered by short supply combined with renewed buying interest, players say. Most...
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