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Excess demand for ethane feedstock causes price spike

A wave of new petrochemical steam crackers coming online, along with a surge in production of associated and non-associated natural gas from US shale...

Domestic olefins boost for Turkmenistan

A $3.4 billion plant for the production of polyethylene and polypropylene has been opened in Turkmenistan, which significantly increases the country’s domestic olefins production...

Avantium and BASF in dispute over Synvina

A disagreement over the timing of investment in a commercial-scale plant for furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) has led to a potentially damaging dispute between Avantium...

Plastics to oil project trickles closer to reality

A project that aims to convert plastics back into oil is continuing to move forward with the first unit close to completion and another...

LyondellBasell and Covestro begin Dutch emission reduction project

Petrochemicals company LyondellBasell and polymers business Covestro AG have initiated a large investment Circular Stream Project, as part of an environmental and emission abatement...

Sugarcane scores an international brace

Two standard closures derived from sugarcane are to be brought to market by United Caps that are the result of collaboration with Brazilian petrochemical...

Thai conglomerate targets PTA/PET acquisition

Thai conglomerate PTT is planning to acquire majority ownership of Siam Mitsui PTA and Thai PET Resin for €108 million from Mitsui Chemicals (MCI)...

US tariffs expected to have “negligible impact on plastics industry”

The US has slapped 25 per cent tariffs on $16 billion-worth of Chinese goods, including chemicals, but they are expected to have negligible impact...

ExxonMobil starts up Baytown ethane cracker

Operations have started at ExxonMobil Chemical Company’s new 1.5 million tonne ethane cracker, which is providing ethylene feedstock to polyethylene lines at the company’s...

Fire at Mexico PTA plant increases pressure on PET resin market

The struggling PET resin production markets in Europe and the Americas are likely to take another hit after a devastating fire at Alpek’s Altamira...