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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...
September 17, 2010
BASF says it will increase prices for all grades of Styropor-brand expandable polystyrene (EPS) in North America by 5 cts/lb on October 1. The increase is necessary due to “raw...
September 17, 2010
Williams Partners (Tulsa, OK) says it has completed an expansion of its cryogenic processing train at its Echo Springs, WY natural gas processing plant and has begun operations at the...
September 17, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of emulsion polymers on October 1, or as contracts allow. Acrylic emulsions will increase by 5 cts/lb in the Americas and €100/m.t. in...
September 17, 2010
Ethylene contracts for the months of July and August have settled in a two-month deal, market players say. The deal places July ethylene at a loss of 2.5 cts/lb, to 37 cts/lb, and...
September 10, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of all grades of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymers sold under the trade name Ateva by 6cts/lb on October 1, or as contracts allow. The...
September 10, 2010
North American demand for synthetic latex, still reeling from the one-two punch of the global recession and U.S. housing crisis, is not expected to return to pre-recession levels for...
September 10, 2010
Several U.S. caustic soda producers, including Olin and Dow Chemical, have nominated a $45/ton increase for all grades. The nomination represents the third increase this summer and the...
September 10, 2010
EkO Peroxide (Columbus, MS), the joint venture between Eka Chemicals and OCI Chemical, says it will raise hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) prices in North America due to increases in cost...
September 3, 2010
Kraton Polymers say it has initiated a project assessment for building a 30,000-m.t./year hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in Asia. Strong growth in Kraton’s...
September 3, 2010
Shell Chemicals says it has completed its first turnaround at its Nanhai petrochemicals joint venture complex at Guangdong, China. Nanhai is a 50-50 jv with China National Offshore Oil...
September 3, 2010
LyondellBasell has started operations at a 320,000-m.t./year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at Münchsmünster, Germany. The plant is based on LyondellBasell’s...
September 3, 2010
Shenhua Coal Baotou Coal Chemicals (Shenhua; Beijing) has started up a 300,000 m.t./year polypropylene (PP) plant at Inner Mongolia, China. The plant is based on Dow Chemical’s...
September 3, 2010
Dow Chemical says it will increase the price of select grades of low density polyethylene (LDPE) in North America and South America on October 1, or as contracts allow. LDPE-based...
August 20, 2010
U.S. negotiations for July ethylene contracts remained unsettled in mid-August, pushing settlement toward a possible two-month deal with August, market sources say. Ethylene last...
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...
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