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July 9, 2010
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will sell its 120,000-m.t./year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Oberhausen to Polimeri Europa (Milan). The companies have a long-standing...
July 9, 2010
Invista says it has filed suit against butanediol (BDO) licensor Frontech (Houston) for misappropriation of trade secrets, theft, false advertising and unfair competition involving...
July 9, 2010
Tronox and Exxaro Resources (Pretoria, South Africa) say they have expanded titanium dioxide (TiO2) capacity at their Tiwest joint venture plant at Kwinana, Australia. Capacity at the...
July 9, 2010
LyondellBasell says it restarted a crude distillation unit at 268,000-bbl/day Houston refinery on July 1. The unit is one of two heavy crude distillation units that were shuttered...
July 9, 2010
Celanese has increased the price of acetic acid, acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), ethyl acetate and butyl acetate on July 1, or as contracts allow, in Europe. Ethyl...
July 9, 2010
July butadiene contracts in the U.S. have settled at a gain of 2 cts/lb, to 94 cts/lb, market players say. The settlement represents a 49% increase over February levels, and is the...
June 25, 2010
PetroLogistics says its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Houston is on schedule for a third-quarter startup. The plant will convert propane into propylene and will be the largest...
June 25, 2010
Canexus (Calgary) has completed a $206-million conversion and expansion project at its North Vancouver, BC chlor-alkali facility. The company replaced the site’s diaphragm process...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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