Polymers

SOCAR Polymer to use INEOS HDPE process for Azerbaijan project

INEOS Technologies has licensed its Innovene S process for SOCAR Polymer’s HDPE project in Sumgait, Azerbaijan.

Technip and Metabolic Explorer to evaluate combined polymer technology

Technip and Metabolic Explorer have signed an agreement to assess the feasibility of offering a combined technology package consisting of the companies’ respective PDO and PTT technologies.

GlobalData: Planned projects poised to raise global propylene capacity levels

China and the US are the primary drivers for expanded global capacity that is estimated to increase to almost 130 MMtpy by 2020.

LUKOIL and SNF Floerger break ground for Russia polymer plant

The plant will be constructed in close proximity to LUKOIL's petrochemical facility to reduce costs for transportation of feedstock and end products.

New US PE capacity to help meet rising LatAm demand

Latin America's demand for polyethylene is expanding, but the region's existing and planned PE capacity is expected to fall short of demand.

Global oversupply of polyethylene, polypropylene challenges margins

The excess capacity will help North American converters be more competitive due to the increased competition associated with PE capacity expansions. However, on the producer side, economics will be challenged as global capacity expansions exceed demand growth.

Mitsubishi Plastics selects Jacobs as engineer on US plant expansion

Under the terms of the agreement, Jacobs is providing engineering services for the $100 million investment, which includes installation of a polyester film production line.

WR Grace to acquire global polyolefin catalyts business from BASF

BASF’s polyolefin catalysts business includes its LYNX high-activity PE catalyst technologies that are utilized commercially in slurry processes for the production of high-density PE resins.

India’s JBF secures paraxylene supply from ONGC

JBF Petrochemicals is in the process of commissioning a PTA plant with 1.25 MMtpy of capacity, using technology from BP, at Mangalore. The paraxylene will be supplied by OMPL.

Fairfax India to invest $300MM in petrochemicals producer Sanmar

Chennai-based Sanmar, a family-owned firm chaired by N Sankar, is one of India's largest producers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The firm owns manufacturing facilities in India and Egypt.