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PE film industry growing but remains a challenge

The polyethylene film industry in Europe has continued to grow at a steady rate over recent years but there are challenges on the horizon,...

Landmark installation by Nova Chemicals rolls out

Canadian polyethylene producer Nova Chemicals has started shipping butene LLDPE to customers after starting up a new gas phase reactor at its Joffre, Alberta...

Polish packaging firm expands local presence

Plastics packaging maker Marpol S.A. has secured permission from the Polish competitions watchdog UOKiK to acquire local producer GTX Hanex Plastic sp. z o.o....

Space is not a stretch for Braskem

The launch of a new resin targeted at extrusion processes has made thermoplastics producer Braskem a complete supplier to the stretch film segment. The development...

Global oversupply challenges margins

A surge in plastics chemical capacity from low-cost producers in North America, the Middle East and China is driving the global market for polyethylene and polypropylene to oversupply, which will pressure margins for producers, says market analyst IHS.

Sibur looks to change Russian PE landscape

Russian firm Sibur expects to ‘change the face of the Russian petrochemical industry’ when construction is complete on the company’s new production complex in Tobolsk (Zapsibneftekhim), according to executive director Sergey Komyshan.

Cracker of a resin deal

US-based Univation Technologies and the Engineering Division of Germany's The Linde Group have entered an exclusive partnership aimed at providing performance and cost efficiencies for the production of polyethylene resins.

British firm prepares for job cuts

Polyethylene producer British Polythene Industries has announced that it will be closing its facility in Widnes, UK and disposing of its Promopack Digital Studio business as part of a wider restructuring of the company, which could lead to up to 90 redundancies and a one off restructuring charge of more than £1 million ($1.52m).

Formosa ponders $9.4bn complex

Taiwan-based Formosa Petrochemical is considering a $9.4 billion complex in Louisiana, USA, which would include two crackers and begin construction in mid-2016.

Neste Jacobs chosen to FEED PE plant

UAE-based Borouge has selected Neste Jacobs, a technology, engineering and project management company as Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) contractor for its polyethylene plant modification project in Ruwais.