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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...
August 20, 2010
Tronox says it will increase the price of titanium dioxide by €150/m.t. in Europe, Africa and the Mideast and by $200/m.t. in U.S. dollar markets on September 1, or as contracts...
August 20, 2010
Celanese says its affiliate Fortron Industries will increase polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) polymer production capacity at its Wilmington, NC facility. The site currently has the ability...
August 6, 2010
a study of North American and global natural gas production and demand economics indicates that olefins producers and other large petrochemical users of gas and natural gas liquids...
August 6, 2010
Formosa Petrochemical says it is restarting two of its three crude distillation units at the company’s Mailiao, Taiwan petrochemical complex after a July 25 fire which shut the...
August 6, 2010
U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates rebounded in June, jumping 8 percentage points, to 89%, according to the most recent data from the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). May’s 81%...
August 6, 2010
Royal Dutch Shell says it will go ahead with previously announced plans to close its 130,000-bpd refinery at Montreal East and convert the site to a fuel terminal that will receive...
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