IHS Chemical Week

Repsol commissions metallocene PE plant at Tarragona

May 27, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Repsol (Madrid) announced on Friday that it has completed construction of a new metallocene-process polyethylene (PE) plant at Tarragona, Spain and has carried out several test runs. Repsol became the first licensee of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s...

IHS Chemical: Latin America's PE deficit to grow over next decade, US capacity to help meet demand

May 26, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Latin America's polyethylene (PE) annual deficit will reach 5 million m.t. by 2025, increasing 67% from current deficit levels, and the region's current annual PE demand exceeds 7 million m.t., according to a newly published IHS Chemical special report, Latin...

Inovyn declares force majeure as feedstock supply is disrupted by French strike

May 24, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Production at Total's Feyzin, France, refinery remains disrupted because of continued strike action, and the supply of ethylene from Total's Feyzin steam cracker to nearby downstream petrochemical and polymer plants has been halted. As a result, chlorvinyls...

Gas-chemical complex inaugurated in Uzbekistan

May 23, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The Ustyurt Gas Chemical Complex at Surgil, Uzbekistan, has been inaugurated by South Korea's prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn; and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The Surgil project was launched in 2006 by Uz-Kor a 50-50 joint venture of...

LyondellBasell force majeure on LLDPE may keep US market tight

May 20, 2016 | Brian Balboa

LyondellBasell has declared force majeure on all grades of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) in the US, effective 17 May. The move, taken after unexpected mechanical issues at the company’s plants in La Porte, TX, and Morris, IL, may keep the market tight longer than expected, according to IHS Chemical....

IHS PEPP: Global oversupply of PE and PP challenging producers' margins

May 16, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

The surge in new plastics capacity coming from low-cost producers in North America, the Mideast, and China is driving the global market for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) to oversupply, which will pressure margins for producers and change the global...

Asahi Glass to expand vinyl chloride monomer capacity in Indonesia through debottlenecking

May 13, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Asahi Glass says that it will increase the production capacity for vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) at the manufacturing site of the company’s Asahimas Chemical (Jakarta) subsidiary. This site is at Cilegon, Indonesia. Production capacity for VCM at the...

Axiall loss widens on weak chlorovinyls results

May 5, 2016 | Vincent Valk

Axiall today reported a first-quarter net loss of $53.6 million, or 76 cts/share, on sales down 11% year-on-year (YOY), to $699.2 million. Adjusted earnings, excluding charges mostly related to restructuring and a loss from discontinued operations, totaled...

Valmet and Biochemtex developing technology for lignin-derived biochemicals

May 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Valmet  (Espoo, Finland), a developer and supplier of technologies and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, and Biochemtex (Tortona, Italy), supplier of technologies for the production of second-generation biofuels and biochemicals owned...

VinylPlus recycled more than 500,000 m.t. of PVC in 2015

May 3, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

VinylPlus, the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry sustainability development program, recycled 514,913 m.t. of PVC within its framework last year. Window profiles and related profile products accounted for around 45% of VinylPlus's recycled PVC waste...

Solvay to sell chlorvinyls subsidiary Solvay Indupa to Unipar

May 2, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Solvay announced on Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement with the Brazilian chemical group Unipar Carbocloro (São Paulo) to sell its 70.59% stake in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlor-alkalis producer Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires). The...

No damage to PMV chlor-alkali unit at Pajaritos following explosion, no apparent damage to cracker, VCM unit shut down—Mexichem

April 29, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

There has been no damage to Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo's (PMV) chlor-alkali production following the explosion at the Pajaritos petrochemical complex at Coazalcoalcos, Mexico, on 20 April, Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) said during its first-quarter...

Nova stops work on PE1 expansion after contractor dies in accident

April 28, 2016 | Clay Boswell

A contractor working on Nova Chemicals’ polyethylene 1 (PE1) expansion project in Joffre, AB, died shortly after an accident on 27 April. The contractor, who was working on a stationary crane, “came in contact with equipment resulting in severe trauma,” the company says....

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