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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...
May 21, 2010
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved a settlement between LyondellBasell subsidiary Equistar Chemicals, Solutia and Ascend Performance Materials...
May 21, 2010
Qatar Fertilizer Co. (Qafco) says it has signed an agreement with German distributor Helm (Hamburg) to export and distribute about 18,000 m.t./year of melamine to Europe. The agreement...
May 21, 2010
AkzoNobel has restarted its 715,000-m.t./year caustic soda unit at Botlek, the Netherlands. The unit went down in early April for routine maintenance, but is back to normal operation...
May 21, 2010
Georgia Gulf lifted its force majeure on chlor-alkali products at its Plaquemine, LA plant on May 10, about 2 weeks after the plant’s cooling tower encountered problems that...
May 21, 2010
Bayer MaterialScience says it will raise prices for diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and polyether worldwide by €25/m.t. effective June 1, or as...
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical says it will idle its 195,000-m.t./year methylene chloride and chloroform production unit at Plaquemine, LA indefinitely due to weak market economics. The facility has...
May 14, 2010
Ticona Engineering Polymers, Celanese’s advanced engineered materials business, says its has acquired two product lines, Zenite-brand liquid crystal polymer (LCP) and Thermx-brand...
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical has declared force majeure on methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the U.S. due to production problems at its Deer Park, TX plant. The plant has the capacity to produce about...
May 14, 2010
Dow Chemical says that plants based on the company’s Meteor-process technology to produce ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol (EO-EG) have started up at Sinopec Sabic Tianjin...
May 14, 2010
Georgia Gulf on April 26 declared force majeure on chlor-alkali products due to operational issues at the company’s Plaquemine, LA plant. A problem with the unit’s cooling...
May 14, 2010
BASF says it will increase prices for all grades of Styropor-brand and Neopor-brand expandable polystyrene (EPS) in North America by 5 cts/lb, effective May 15, due to increased raw...
April 30, 2010
Surging butadiene prices have tightened supply of acrylonitrile-butadiene-stryene (ABS). North American butadiene market has seen prices surge on short supply over the past few months...
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...
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