Braskem commissions new polyethylene plant in La Porte, Texas

Braskem has commissioned a new ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene production plant at its La Porte, Texas site.

ExxonMobil expands Exceed XP performance polymers portfolio

ExxonMobil is expanding its Exceed XP portfolio with the introduction of new grades that deliver exceptional performance advantages for resin converters and end-users.

Covestro declares force majeure on polyurethane raw materials

Due to an unforeseen production outage at a supplier of nitric acid, Covestro’s European production facilities for the isocyanates MDI and TDI can currently only be operated at reduced capacity.

BASF, Avantium establish JV for bio-based chemicals

BASF and Avantium have formed a new JV for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid, as well as the marketing of polyethylenefuranoate.

Measure naturally occurring radioactive material in polypropylene plants

Williams, D., VEGA Americas Inc.

In the petrochemical industry, process plants often rely on radiation-based level and density detectors.

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.