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May 2003


Special Report: ACHEMA 2003

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Belgium
Fedichem: Biot, J.-M.

Although a small country, Belgium ranks high in the chemical sector. Belgium accounts for 2.7% of the population within the EU; yet, it produces 8.2% of EU chemicals, employs 6.1% of th..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-France
French Chemical Industry Association: Polaud, M.

In 2002, the French chemical industry was burdened by the worldwide economic slowdown. Production volume increased 1.1% - as compared to the 2.4% expansion in 2001 (Fig. 1). Chemicals..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Germany

Henrik Meincke, Chief Economist, Association of the German Chemical Industry (VCI), Frankfurt, Germany     &#16..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-United Kingdom
Chemical Industries Association: Elliot, S.

The United Kingdom (UK) is Europe's fourth largest chemical economy, after Germany, France and Italy; it accounts for 11% of the EU's € 519-billion (US$477-billion) overall ch..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Saudi Arabia

Mohamed H. Al-Mady, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-FSU (Russia)

      Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Russia is a major player within the energy market. T..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-China

      Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com China is the most populous country, with a rapidly g..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Indonesia
Nexant, Inc.: Burke, B.

The Indonesian hydrocarbon and petrochemical industries are significant players in the Southeast Asian region. With approximately 220 million people, the fourth most populous nation i..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Japan
HP Editorial Staff: Tsuneto, A.

The petrochemical industry plays a vital role in the Japanese economy. Similar to other national economies, 2002 proved to be a challenging year. Japan's 2002 ethylene production was 7...

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Korea
Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd.: Chang, J.-Y.

During the first half of 2002, the Korean economy quickly recovered from the recession, especially in the consumer and construction sectors. However, this recovery stagnated in the latt..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Argentina
Instituto Petroquimico Aregentino: Friedlander, A.

Argentinean petrochemical consumption has increased to almost 6 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2001 as shown in Table 1. However, a sharp decrease in the 2002 GDP (over  - 10%) shou..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Brazil
Brazillian Chemical Industry Association: DeMoraes, G. D. E.

The Brazilian chemical industry is a key segment of the national economy and holds 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Approximately 4,500 companies provide jobs for 300,000 workers..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Venezuela
IntelliChem, Inc.: Quijada, R.

In Venezuela, the sole producer of crude oil and basic derivatives is state-owned company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., also known as PDVSA. In 2002, PDVSA's total production capacity o..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-Mexico

      Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Mexico is ranked ninth in crude oil proven reserves ..

ACHEMA Perspective 2003-United States
American Chemistry Council: Swift, T. K.

In the weeks leading up to early March, signs of an economic recovery have been mixed. The outlook for 2003 and 2004 largely depends upon geopolitical events and the effects of higher..

Polyethylene 2003: Petrochemicals, pellets and packaging – one universal market
CMAI: Rappaport, H

Shifts in ethylene derivative production and fabrication are rearranging the global exporter and importer positions

Petrochemical outlook – 2003 and beyond
Nexant, Inc.: Swanson, A. B.

For this industry, the forecast is optimistic. Yet, consumer confidence and global economic growth must be reestablished

World LPG industry moves to a supply-driven market
Purvin & Gertz, Inc.: Whitley, S .C.

Changes in regional demands foster reshaping of LPG exports

Facility Security

Effectively guard a complex against a terrorist assault
Citadel, LLC: Ready, V.

Turn your facility assets from soft into hardened targets

Information Technology

Consider portable data transfer over satellite
Roadpost Inc.: Sherrard, B.

Recent advances make this a viable technology for access to and from remote locations

Inventory Management

Value proposition for oil accounting – Part 2
Grodidier Consulting Services: Grosdidier, P.

Here's how to calculate the system's tangible benefits

Maintenance and Reliability

Learning how to troubleshoot: the overlooked operating competency
Simulation Solutions, Inc.: Balmert, P.  |  Glaser, D.

Here are the skills and training needed to help workers diagnose problems


Generalized gravity flow line calculations
Jacobs Engineering: Yu, F.

These equations handle fittings, instruments, block valves and different pipe sizes


HP Reliability: ODR and DSS initiatives for reliability-focused plants
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Yes, more acronyms. But let's explain why you may hear more about these two important topics in the future. Two types of companies. We believe that process plants worldwide can be divid..

HP Water Management: Understanding alkalinity
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Alkalinity is naturally present in raw water and is an important control parameter in boilers with softened water make-up and cooling water systems. Understanding alkalinity requires underst..

HP Integration Strategies: Dow sees collaboration as the key to operational excellence
ARC Advisory Group: Hill, D.

Dick Hill, Contributing editor and Margaret Walker, the Dow Chemical Co.       ..

HPIn Europe: What does the year ahead now hold for refiners?
European Refining & Marketing: Pitt, R.

The present geopolitical situation has had both good and bad sides for the refining industry. On the one hand, in the lead-up to the hostilities in Iraq, the "war premium" that was adde..

HP Innovations: HPInnovations

New floating-roof tank seal technology Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. has introduced a patented VS-300L Low-Profile Secondary Seal for use on internal or external floating-roof tank..

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

Design company acquisition Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Süd-Chemie AG, Munich, Germany, are jointly acquiring Scientific Design Co. Inc., Little Ferry..

New Developments

Portable gas chromatograph PetroPRO, high-speed portable gas chromatograph, is claimed to accurately and rapidly screen common VOCs onsite. It weighs less than 15 lb (6.8 kg) and measures 13..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Jackson, Kim M.

North America ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc., Houston, Texas, an ATOFINA subsidiary, is going to expand and revamp its joint venture Cos-Mar styrene monomer facility located at Carville, ..

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HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

  Energy security principles revisited ..

HP Impact: Feed quality, product spec changes affect refinery supplies
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Over the next 5 to 10 years, many changes will affect the refining industry in the US and its ability to produce petroleum products and supply market demand. An EIA outlook presented by..

HP Impact: Plant design market to increase a ‘robust’ 7% this year
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Plant design software and services will enjoy "robust growth" of 7% to more than $479 million in 2003, according to a forecast by Daratech. Despite the global recession and times of eco..

HP Impact: Activated carbon demand boosted by environmental considerations
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new report from market analysts at Roskill Information Services says that increasing concern over environmental pollution has resulted in growing demand for activated carbon to remove..

HP Impact: US market for plastic packaging to grow 4.2%/yr to 2007
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Flexible plastic packaging is a very large, multibillion-dollar business within the $100 billion-plus total US packaging market. A large percentage of the total volume of thermoplastic ..

HP Impact: Workforce shortage threatens construction projects industry-wide
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

For years, concerns have been expressed about the ongoing shortage in the US of skilled workers. Exploring the question of who is responsible for developing the future workforce in the ..

HP Impact: Promote the right risk/reward approach to EHS issues
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The HPI knows that its products continue to add great value to the world. So notes Jeffrey M. Lipton, president and CEO of NOVA Chemicals, in his keynote address at CMAI's recent Annual..

HP Impact: ACC researches impact of sustained high natural gas prices
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A recent report from The American Chemistry Council (ACC) details the overall impact to the US economy if natural gas prices remain high during the next few years. ACC's economic analys..


Trade – the uniting force of prosperity
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Trade - the uniting force of prosperityTrade is not new; it is the most effective method to raise domestic prosperity. Yet, export items are complex. They can encompass: Raw natural r..

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