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June 25, 2010
Braskem says it expects to start production of “green” ethylene at its Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil complex in the third-quarter, one quarter earlier than...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Braskem-Advances-PE-Project_27638.html
June 25, 2010
North American nylon production is expected fall by about 3.5%/year, to about 500,000 m.t. by 2020, says Tecnon Orbichem (London). “The change reflects the fact that more than...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Nylon-Production-to-Fall-in-U-S-_27639.html
June 25, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of all acrylic and styrene-acrylic emulsions in Europe by €150/m.t. on July 1, or as contracts allow Kraton Polymers will increase the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_27640.html
June 25, 2010
Demand for specialty chemicals used to drill, complete, and stimulate oil and gas wells, as well as to treat the produced hydrocarbons and water, is strong and will continue to grow...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Oil-and-Gas-Production-Ups-Specialty-Chemicals-Demand_27641.html
June 11, 2010
Analysts expect overcapacity in the global the ethylene glycol (EG) market in the next few years as world-scale petrochemical plants in the Mideast begin to come onstream, flooding the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Capacity-Surplus-Looms-for-Ethylene-Glycol-Market_27363.html
June 11, 2010
An unplanned maintenance outage at Methanex’s Atlas methanol facility in Point Lisas, Trinidad in early May is expected to cut full-year earnings by about 9%, analysts say. The plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Outage-to-Cut-Methanexs-Earnings_27364.html
June 4, 2010
Engineering plastics producers have become more optimistic that demand from the automotive segment is poised for growth in the next few years due to the use of specialty polymers in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Engineering-Plastics-Producers-Focus-on-Automotive-Sector_27187.html
June 4, 2010
Songwon Industrial (Ulsan, Korea) has expanded isobutylene capacity at Maeam, South Korea by 30%, to 40,000 m.t./year. “In May 2009, we started up our isobutylene plant based on our...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Songwon-Boosts-Isobutylene-Capacity_27188.html
June 4, 2010
North American butadiene contracts settled for the month of June at a 3 cts/lb increase, up 3.4%, to 92 cts/lb. The settlement represents a 46% increase over January contracts and is...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Butadiene-Contract-for-June-Settles-Amid-Tight-Supply_27189.html
June 4, 2010
Dow Chemical says it will increase the prices for all grades of polyethylene by €70/m.t. in Europe, the Mideast, Africa and India on June 1, 2010. Arkema has announced a price...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_27190.html
May 21, 2010
PPG Industries and PVS Technologies (Detroit) say they will build a 50,000-m.t./year iron salts facility at PPG’s Natrium, WV chlor-alkali plant. PVS will construct and operate the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/PPG-and-PVS-Technologies-to-Build-Iron-Salts-Plant-in-WV_26895.html
May 21, 2010
U.S. olefins production fell sequentially in the first-quarter of 2010 by an average of about 2.1%, according to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/NPRA-U-S-Olefins-Production-Down-in-First-Quarter_26896.html
May 21, 2010
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved a settlement between LyondellBasell subsidiary Equistar Chemicals, Solutia and Ascend Performance Materials...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Deal-Paves-Way-for-Cleanup-of-Equistars-Chocolate-Bayou-Unit_26897.html
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
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