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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...
October 29, 2010
Arkema says it will increase the price of organic peroxides in Europe, the Mideast, and Asia on November 1, or as contracts allow. Perester-based products will increase by €500/m.t....
October 11, 2010
Shintech, the wholly owned subsidiary and U.S. vinyls business of Shin-Etsu Chemical, has completed its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) expansion at Plaquemine, LA that doubled PVC capacity...
October 8, 2010
North American butadiene contracts for the month of October have settled at a decrease of 6 cts/lb, to 86 cst/lb amid a lengthening market, sources say. The latest settlement...
October 8, 2010
Cristal Global, the production arm of National Titanium Dioxide Co. (Cristal; Yanbu, Saudi Arabia), has declared force majeure on titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced at its Ashtabula, OH...
October 8, 2010
Sasol took its 417,000-m.t./year ethylene unit at Lake Charles, LA steam cracker offline in late September for a planned maintenance turnaround, sources say. The turnaround is expected...
October 8, 2010
The Shaw Group has licensed two refining technologies from Sinopec designed to help refiners meet environmental regulations for cleaner gasoline as well as increase propylene...
September 17, 2010
North American styrene prices have firmed amid several plant outages combined with demand running slightly ahead of projections. Late month August contracts were reported to be settled...
September 17, 2010
PetroLogistics (Houston) says it is nearing completion of its $300-million propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at Houston. The plant will convert propane into propylene and will be the...
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