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Dow Chemical Company increases a price for vinyl acetate monomer

The Dow Chemical Company has announced a price increase for vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) in all regions of the world, effective September 15, 2005. Dow will increase selling prices in Latin America by US$100 per metric ton; in Asia Pacific by US$100 per metric ton; in Europe by 80 Euros per metric ton;...

Zimmer to build Equipolymers’ PET plant

Equipolymers has selected Zimmer to build its 175,000tpa PET production plant on the Italian island of Sardinia. Due to open in the first quarter of 2007, the plant at Ottana will be the third that Zimmer has built for the company. Equipolymers currently has a PET production capacity of 450,00tpa and...

Bayer MaterialScience opens TDI facility in China

Bayer MaterialScience AG is inaugurating a toluene diisocyanate (TDI) manufacturing facility in Caojing, China that will be operational in 2009.The 160,000 tonne/y facility is said to be equipped with the most advanced technology, highlighting an innovative energy management concept and resource-conserving...

BASF stops making certain phthalates in Europe

BASF AG will stop producing diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) and the associated alcohol 2- ethyl-hexanol (2-EH) in Europe and will shut down and dismantle its facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany starting Oct 2005.The move was driven by health issues on the use of some phthalates in PVC toys, resulting in its...

Engro to build new fertilizer plant

According to Dawn, Engro Chemicals Pakistan announced that it was considering to set up a new fertilizer plant having capacity of around 0.95 million tons, provided the government allocates gas for such a project, reports prepared by several stock brokerage houses, including Elixir Securities, JS Capital...

Reinforced plastics demand to reach US $6.7 billion in 2009

Producer durable equipment and construction are expected to offer the best market opportunities for reinforced plastics in the US. The demand is expected to touch about US $6.7 billion in 2009, growing 3% annually, based on continued improvements and greater competitiveness with metal.Unsaturated polyester,...

New BOPS plant for Russia

Two Russian firms are building a BOPS production plant in the Republic of Tatarstan.US plant supplier Marshall and Williams Plastics is constructing the 15,000tpa biaxially oriented polystyrene (BOPS) line on behalf of Marta Holding, a diversified conglomerate, and OAO Niznekamskneftekhim (NKNH), one...

Aker Kvaerner wins world-scale polyolefins project in Saudi Arabia

On behalf of affiliate YANBU National Petrochemical Company (YANSAB), Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has signed a letter of intent with Aker Kvaerner for the engineering, procurement and construction of its world-scale polyolefins complex, in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The project is to be executed...

Paraxylene supplies to Polyef to commence in the second half of July

According to Selena Group press service, the company petrochemical division and Bashkortostan paraxylene producers have successfully completed negotiations on the feedstock supplies to Polyef. Selena Neftekhim, a member of Selena Group, converts large amounts of crude oil at three Ufa-based oil refineries...

Russkie Kraski developed a new enamel for metal structures

Russkie Kraski developed a new product, the “Iron protection” enamel. The company applied the process, binders and pigments developed in the laboratories of the Russkie Kraski R&D center for manufacturing melaminoalkyd enamels for painting cars in assembly lines. After painting, a metal...

Uralkhimplast to increase novolak resin capacities

JSC Uralkhimplast continues modernizing its novolak (soluble phenol-formaldehyde) resin facility. The project of capacities expansion started in January 2005. It is scheduled for completion in April 2006. Modern equipment is being mounted in the Phenol Formaldehyde and Ionic Exchange Resins Department...

Sayanskkhimplast got new package line for PVC

New package line was delivered to the PVC Packing and Loading Department of JSC Sayanskkhimplast. Now, the personnel are checking the completeness of the delivered equipment. Then it will be positioned on the specially prepared foundations, and then the process of its mounting will be started. On July...

Lakokraska produced 23,000 tons in the first half-year

In the first half-year of 20005, JSC Lakokraska, Lida, Grodno region, increased the share of new products in its output 1.4 times compared with the same period in 2004. In the period, JSC Lakokraska produced USD 20 mln worth of commodities, up 18.8% against 2004. In the January-June period, the company...

NOVA Chemicals introduces ZYLAR® 631 acrylic copolymer

NOVA Chemicals Corporation today announced the commercialization of ZYLAR® 631, a clear, tough resin for injection molding applications. The latest addition to the fast-growing line of ZYLAR resins, ZYLAR 631 delivers an optimal combination of strength and clarity in applications ranging from medical...

Empils carries out business re-structuring

In connection with business geography expansion and with the purpose of efficiency of activity increase, Empils carries out a complex of structural transformations. The company is going to concentrate on 3 basic directions - manufacture of decorative coatings, paint and varnish for industrial purposes...

A new films coating system introduced in Europe

The Swiss firm Weko Biel AG has just introduced in Europe a rotor damping system suitable for plastic films that has already been successfully commercialized on the Asian market (particularly in Japan). This system allows to apply a coating onto films by means of special discs namely rotors. The coating...

Biggest Petrochemical Project Starts Operation in China

Biggest petrochemical project in China, Shanghai Secco Petrochemical Company Ltd (Secco) ethylene project with an annual production capacity of 900,000 tons was put into operation on June 29. The ethylene project consists of ethylene facility with an annual capacity of 900,000 tons and polyethylene facility...

FCFC Adds Polycarbonate Capacity

Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation (FCFC), a producer of petrochemicals and textile fiber, will invest $181.8 million to expand its production capacity of optical-grade polycarbonate (PC), a key material for optical discs, according to company president Wen-yuan Wang during the company recent...

Sasol to Cooperate with Russian Chemical Firm

South African petrochemicals and energy group Sasol and Russian chemical firm Nizhnekamskneftekhim have agreed to explore cooperation possibilities, Sasol said yesterday.
Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, the South African group German unit, said in a statement the agreement set a timeframe...

Salavatnefteorgsintez to produce a pilot batch of orthoxylene

At the end of June 2005, Salavatnefteorgsintez (Salavat, Bashkortostan) plans to produce a pilot batch of orthoxylene to test the working efficiency of the technology developed at the company. The company did not produce orthoxylene, which is a starting material for phthalic anhydride. So, it was decided...

Ukrainian KROK developed stabilizing fibers for asphalt concretes

Fibra-KROK additive is a mixture of heat-resistant polymer fibers with or without high-melting bitumen binder. The strength of these fibers is 40 times as much as that of cellulose ones. They are thermally stable at 230-240°С. Their equlibrium moisture content is lower than 2%. According to the...

Byelorussian chemical and petrochemical output rose by 5%

In the January-May period of 2005, Byelorussian chemical and petrochemical enterprises output rose by 5% year on year to USD 1.2 billion. The Ministry of Statistics and Analysis reported that there was produced 2.6 mln t of mineral fertilizers in January-May, a 5.6% increase against 2004. The growth...

Ukrainian polystyrene consumption to grow by 20% in 2005

In 2004, the Ukrainian polystyrene market exceeded 45 000 tones. Polystyrene consumption rose by 31% compared with 2003, and it is expected to add about 20% in 2005. The major Ukrainian polystyrene consumers include: packaging (disposable ware, films, thermoformed containers), engineering materials (heat...

PET plant construction in Dzershinsk delayed

NB-Retal postponed the polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) granules plant construction in Dzerzhinsk. Previously the plant was expected to go on stream in the first half of 2006, now it is scheduled for the end of 2006 or even for 2007. For these reasons, the prime contractor selection and delivery of equipment...

Asahi Glass Company Announces Aflas Fluoroelastomer Capacity Increase

Asahi Glass Company (AGC) announced a major capacity increase for Aflas fluoroelastomers. This expansion at AGC Chiba Plant in Japan will increase AGC Aflas production capacity by 50%. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly with startup by the end of March 2006. Project costs are expected to be about...

Tobolsk-Neftekhim output grew by 12%

Tobolsk-Neftekhim LLC summed up the 5 months results (January-May). Stable growth was posted across-the-board. In the January-May period of 2005, processing of liquefied hydrocarbon gases and wide fraction of light hydrocarbons rose by 13.2% year on year to 939.8 thousand t. Stable gas petrol output...

Kazanorgsintez raises funds for developing production

JSC Kazanorgsintez can turn to be the first Russian petrochemical company to issue eurobonds in order to raise funds in the international capital markets. These funds are needed to finance the large-scale program of company’s development. The meeting approved the corresponding deal, allowing issuing...
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