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January 22, 2010
LyondellBasell says it increased the price for all grades polyethylene and polypropylene resins sold in Europe by €100/m.t., or about 10%, effective January 1, citing rising...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_24256.html
January 22, 2010
China Datang Inner Mongolia Duolun Coal Chemical Co. says it has started up China’s first polypropylene (PP) gas phase technology unit that employs Dow Chemical’s Unipol PP...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Dow-PP-Technology-in-China_24257.html
January 22, 2010
Millennium Petrochemicals, a wholly owned subsidiary of LyondellBasell, has declared force majeure on vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) due to a compressor failure at the company’s La...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Millenniums-VAM-Force-Majeure_24258.html
January 8, 2010
BASF says it restarted its 1-million m.t./year ethylene plant at Antwerp in early January. The unit was taken offline on December 20 following a fire, which was caused by a leakage in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/European-Crackers-Poised-to-Start-up-Following-Outages_23965.html
January 8, 2010
Eastman Chemical has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Indorama Polymers (Bangkok) over Indorama’s alleged unauthorized use of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Eastman-Files-Suit-over-PET-Technology_23966.html
January 8, 2010
Albemarle says its has started up a 15,000 m.t./year high-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) unit at Pasadena, TX in a previously announced supply agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Albemarle-Completes-PAO-Unit_23967.html
January 8, 2010
Propane distributor Inergy LP (Kansas City) says it has acquired Liberty Propane LP for about $223 million and agreed to buy the propane assets of MGS Corp. (Hackensack, NJ) for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Inergy-Acquires-Liberty-Propane_23968.html
December 18, 2009
U.S. ethylene contracts are on the verge of settling a two-month contract agreement for November and December 2009, after market players failed to reach a settlement for November...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Ethylene-Contracts-Headed-for-a-Two-Month-Agreement_23604.html
December 18, 2009
Equistar Chemicals, a LyondellBasell subsidiary, has reached a settlement “in principle” with Solutia and Ascend Performance Materials regarding Equistar’s move to abandon its...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Equistar-to-Settle-Dispute-over-Chocolate-Bayou-Olefins-Unit_23605.html
December 18, 2009
Yara International (Oslo) says demand for nitrogen fertilizers is increasing due to continued growth in food markets and the need for improved agricultural productivity. “During the...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Fertilizer-Demand-to-Increase-Amid-High-Potash-Prices_23606.html
December 18, 2009
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) producers are looking to hike prices by about 5% due to shrinking margins and rising raw material costs. Several major TiO2 producers including...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/TIO2-Producers-up-prices_23607.html
December 18, 2009
LyondellBasell has inked a deal with Hyundai Engineering Plastics (HEP; Dangjin, Korea) allowing HEP to use LyondellBasell’s technology to produce the company’s Hostacom- and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasell-inks-pp-agreement_23608.html
December 18, 2009
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) says it has purchased three natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline systems, totaling 212 miles, in southern Louisiana, from Chevron Midstream...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Enterprise-buys-Chevron-Pipeline_23609.html
December 18, 2009
Celanese says it will increase the price of its ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers by 8 cts/lb on January 1, 2010 or as contracts allow. Low-density polyethylene will also increase on...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_23610.html
December 11, 2009
North American spot and contract butadiene prices have taken a tumble in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the market struggles to maintain demand amid seasonal sluggishness and loosened...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Butadiene-Prices-Fall-on-Weak-Demand-Increased-Availability_23436.html
December 11, 2009
The strength of LyondellBasell’s polymers business continues to improve, posting healthier results for October, the company said on a recent conference call for investors. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasell-Cautious-on-Outlook-for-Polyethylene-Exports_23437.html
December 11, 2009
ExxonMobil Chemical says it will increase the capacity of its high-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) production by 15,000 m.t./year through a supply agreement with Albemarle. Demand for...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/ExxonMobil-Hikes-Pao-Production_23438.html
December 11, 2009
The Society of the Plastics Industry has selected Orlando, FL as the site of its next International Plastics Showcase (NPE), citing $20 million in cost savings. The trade show has been...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/New-Location-for-NPE_23439.html
December 11, 2009
Ineos ChlorVinyls says it will increase the price of suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) by €75/m.t. ($110/m.t.), or about 6%, over the next two months due to increasing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ineos-Chlorvinyls-ups-S-PVC_23440.html
December 11, 2009
An Ohio school district has filed a lawsuit against Ineos ABS and Lanxess, seeking damages for alleged air pollution at an Addyston, OH acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Schools-Sue-Ineos-Lanxess_23441.html
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