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LyondellBasell declares force majeure in Italy

Technical problems in production have caused Dutch polymer manufacturer LyondellBasell to declare a force majeure on polyproylene supplies at its Ferrara, Italy plant.

Healthy progress for LyondellBasell’s portfolio

Plastics chemicals firm LyondellBasell has increased its healthcare portfolio with the introduction of two polypropylene grades.

China and Russia pushing PP growth

Global polypropylene capacity increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.2 per cent from 2003, reaching 65 million tonnes per year in 2013, and is expected to continue rising to 86m tonnes by 2018, at a slightly higher CAGR of 5.8 per cent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Major expansion plans for Millad

Belgian additives and colourants producer, Milliken, has unveiled plans for a major capacity expansion of its Millad NX 8000 clarifying agent for polypropylene at its Allen facility in Blacksburg, South Carolina, USA.

Sabic launches beverage PP-LLDPE combined film

A new film has been launched by SABIC with characteristics that include an aim to reduce transportation losses. Targeted at the European beverage market, the film is produced at the company's manufacturing facility in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Chinese futures exchange seeks PP opinions

Chinese futures exchange, Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), is publicly seeking suggestions and opinions on the contracts and contents of the rules of its polypropylene futures, as the first approved PP product makes its debut on the market.

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.

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.

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.

Polypropylene testing underway at SIBUR plant

Russian petrochemical company, SIBUR, has started integrated equipment testing at the propylene storage facility and trial production of the first PP line at its Tobolsk-Polymer complex.

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