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April 30, 2010
U.S chlor-alkali operating rates skyrocketed in March, jumping 7 percentage points to 91%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). A year ago, effective chlor-alkali...
April 30, 2010
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) is restarting its 1.8-billion lbs/year ethylene cracker at Cedar Bayou, TX, market sources say. CPChem took the cracker offline at the beginning of...
April 30, 2010
DuPont Performance Elastomers closed its chlorosulfonated polyethylene plant at Beaumont, TX on April 20, about a year later than expected. The unit had been mostly idle since fourth...
April 30, 2010
Eastman Chemical says its two crackers at Longview, TX are back online, as scheduled. A power outage on February 20 resulted in a site-wide shutdown. Eastman’s first-quarter earnings...
April 23, 2010
The skyrocketing cost of propylene monomer is taking a toll on U.S. non-integrated polypropylene (PP) makers, prompting one producer to cite concerns it is having on PP prices and...
April 23, 2010
North American potash producer inventories declined by about 260,000 m.t. in March, to about 180,000 m.t., representing the lowest inventory level in over a year and the fifth straight...
April 23, 2010
Arkema says it increased the price of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), diacetone alcohol (DAA), hexylene glycol and isophorone by €150/m.t. on April 12, or as contracts allow, due...
April 9, 2010
Shale gas production has become a hot topic in the petrochemical industry, with executives calling the possible additional petrochemical feedstocks from shale-derived natural gas...
April 9, 2010
Arkema says it increased the price of phthalic anhydride in Europe by €80/m.t. and dioctyl phthalate (DOP)by €120/m.t. on April 1 due to rising raw material costs, particularly...
March 12, 2010
Firm demand and tight supply caused by a flurry of outages in recent weeks have driven up ethylene prices. TIME OUT: Shell Chemical’s Norco, LA ethylene unit is one of four Gulf...
March 12, 2010
BASF has declared force majeure on acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS in North America due to a shortage of butadiene feedstock at its 130,000-m.t./year plant at Tamaulipas, Mexico...
March 12, 2010
Arkema says it increased the price of all perester, percarbonate, perketal, diacyl and dialkyl organic peroxides in the Americas effective March 15, or as contracts allow, due to...
February 26, 2010
Dow Chemical has increased the price of polycarbonate by €300/m.t. in Africa, Europe, India and the Mideast effective March 1, or as contracts allow Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says...
February 26, 2010
For the third time in six months, U.S. ethylene market players are said to be close to settling a multiple-month contract, this time for January and February. The deliberations...
February 26, 2010
Koch Industries’ Flint Hills Resources unit says it intends to demolish part of its shuttered Odessa, TX petrochemicals plant or sell it to someone who will do the same. There...
February 26, 2010
The London Metal Exchange (LME) says it has modified the price discovery process for plastics futures contracts traded on the exchange. Beginning February 15, prices for the LME...
February 26, 2010
U.S. olefins production rose sequentially in the fourth-quarter of 2009 by an average of about 6.7%, according to the latest production statistics from the National Petrochemical &...
February 15, 2010
Olin says it has lifted its force majeure on chlorine, diaphragm grade caustic soda, hydrogen, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, and sodium chloride from its McIntosh, AL...
February 12, 2010
Demand for soda ash is expected to recover this year across the industry as flat glass demand rebounds, market players say. “As we begin 2010, global soda ash demand recovery is...
February 12, 2010
The U.S. District Court in Wilmington, DE has ruled in favor of Eastman Chemical in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Wellman. The court’s decision that held two Wellman patents...
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