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May 9, 2014
Significant price increases have been a feature of the worldwide vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) market during 2014, with prices rising sharply from week to weekbecause of the restricted...
May 9, 2014
A new methane-to-ethylene process developed by Siluria Technologies (San Francisco) appears to be technologically and economically viable and could improve the relative cost position...
April 26, 2014
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have voted in favor of halving the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by 2017, and reducing it by 80% by 2019 compared with 2010 levels...
April 25, 2014
South America is a net importer of caustic soda. As a whole the region produced 1.9 million m.t. of caustic soda last year and consumed 4.1 million m.t., according to the latest IHS...
April 25, 2014
the path ahead for the EU chlor-alkali industry, given the December 2017 deadline for conversion of all plants to membrane or nonasbestos diaphragm technology, was a top theme at Euro Chlor’s 9th Technology Conference and Exhibition, held 1–3 April at Madrid. The event attracted more than 360 delegates from around the world....
April 25, 2014
Growth in the downstream construction and automotive markets is boosting polycarbonate demand in North America and Western Europe, but worldwide overcapacity will hamper...
April 17, 2014
Synthetic rubber prices have been declining in Asia, according to IHS Chemical’s latest Market Advisory Service: Global C4 Olefins & Elastomers. Meanwhile, in the United...
April 17, 2014
Historically balanced, the worldwide market for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) has become seriously oversupplied. The market will rationalize, but slowly, and the industry operating...
April 17, 2014
methanol prices around the world fell sharply in March on improved supply, reversing the run-up of late 2013. The average spot price in Northeast Asia fell from $476/m.t. cif China...
April 14, 2014
Industry players gathered in Houston in late March for the IHS World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), which offered an outlook for the petchem sector over the next 5-10 years. The...
March 14, 2014
Steam cracker outages are tightening ethylene supply in Asia, but prices in the region are likely to continue falling, according to IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Asia...
March 14, 2014
Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) spot prices are expected to remain firm until July because of numerous planned and unplanned production stoppages in North America, Europe, and the Mideast...
February 28, 2014
A wave of new para -xylene ( p -xylene) capacity, aimed at supplying feedstock to Chinese producers of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), is surging into South Korea. Demand is not...
February 28, 2014
Nylon demand should pick up seasonally in Asia, says IHS Chemical’s Market Advisory Service: Global Nylon Fibers & Feedstocks. However, feedstock costs are forecast to fall...
February 28, 2014
Plastics consumption in Brazil slowed during the second half of February following an unusually strong start to the year, according to according to the latest report from market...
February 21, 2014
A heavy plant turnaround schedule will keep ethylene and propylene prices in the United States firm through April, says IHS Chemical....
February 21, 2014
Europe’s polyethylene (PE) producers were, at CW press time, expected to try to roll over monthly contract prices in February following a decrease in the Western European...
February 7, 2014
In India, domestic methanol producers are running at full capacity to fill a gap caused by recent production issues in Iran and the Middle East, according to IHS Chemical’s Market...
February 7, 2014
Styrene monomer margins have been squeezed in Europe following the settlement of the February contract price. However, market activity in January and February tends to be seasonally...
February 7, 2014
North American polyethylene (PE) contracts for January rolled over from December, according to a recent report from IHS Chemical. However, producers have announced a 4-cts/lb increase...
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