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Test line launched by BASF

A new test line for Ultramid packaging films has been started up by BASF at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site.

Dow divests PP Licensing & Catalysts business

Dow Chemical has agreed to sell its global Polypropylene Licensing & Catalysts business to W.R. Grace & Company for $500 million, with completion expected by the end of the year.

Functional plans at Dow

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has unveiled a series of planned improvements to its West Alexandria, Ohio, and Ringwood, Illinois facilities in the US as part of a strategy to grow in strategic end markets.

Ineos and Biesterfeld seal distribution deal

A distribution agreement has been signed by Ineos Styrenics International and Biesterfeld Plastic for the global distribution of polystyrene-based microgranulates from a production site in Breda, The Netherlands.

Dow takes additives business off the market

US chemical producer Dow Chemical has decided not to sell its plastics additives business after failing to find a buyer willing to pay the asking price.

High stakes in Kentucky alliance

A polypropylene catalyst alliance has been agreed between Clariant and Lummus Novolen Technology (Novolen), which will see a joint investment of CHF 65 million (US$70m) in a state-of-the-art polypropylene catalyst production line at Clariant's production hub in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Tasnee and Clariant join forces in Saudi Arabia

Clariant is to form a masterbatch joint venture with one of Saudi Arabia's largest industrial conglomerates, Tasnee.

Clariant confident of mid-term goals

Specialty chemicals producer, Clariant, has reported second quarter sales of CHF 1.54 billion (US$1.66bn), up 2 per cent from the same period last year, while margins also improved as the company said that it was moving towards its short- and mid-term targets.

Braskem and FKuR deal extends into North America

Biopolymer producer, Braskem, has expanded its distribution agreement with bioplastics manufacturer, FKuR, beyond Europe to include USA and Canada.

Marubeni ties in polypropylene supply

Japan's Marubeni Corporation has signed a long-term contract with the Nghi Son refinery joint venture in Vietnam to buy polypropylene from it when commercial operations start in 2017.