Russian producers cut down LDPE export

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russian producers cut down exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) in March. Decrease in exports and growing production have stabilized LDPE prices - according to MRC Price Report.

LDPE prices varied within the range of RUB54500-57500/mt, including VAT, FCA, depending on a grade and producer at the end of March - beginning of April.

By estimate, Russian LDPE exports fell to 17.6 kt in March. PE production increased by more than 5 kt.


For more detailed information on the polyethylene market, see MRC Price Report.

Qatar`s ethane cracker to reach full capacity by August

April 8 ( -- Qatar's Ras Laffan Olefins Co's ethane cracker is producing ethylene and will reach maximum capacity by August, Oil Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah said today in Doha.

The 1.3 million ton a year cracker supplies ethylene to Qatofin Co's new petrochemical plant, which produces linear low density polyethylene used to make plastic.

The Qatofin plant, which began operating last year, was to reach full output by last January, when the cracker was scheduled to start production, Qatar Petrochemical Co General Manager Mohammed Yousef al Mulla said in November.


ExxonMobil Chemical introduces four new grades of VistaMaxx elastomers

April 7 (TextileWorld) -- Houston-based ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has introduced four new grades of its Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers for flexible film applications including extrusion coated and laminated woven and nonwoven polyolefinic substrates, cast polypropylene (PP), PP raffia tape, surface protection film, and elastic hygiene films. Vistamaxx 6202FL, Vistamaxx 6102FL, Vistamaxx 3980FL and Vistamaxx 3020FL exhibit a low gel count, which offers enhanced sealability, improved adhesion, inherent elasticity and toughness, as well as excellent appearance and processing reliability, according to the company. The products also are compatible with a broad range of polyolefins.

"Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers have been developed to enable converters and manufacturers to specifically tailor the properties of mono- or multi-layer films to meet customer needs," said Carol Fitzpatrick, global development manager for Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers in film, ExxonMobil Chemical. "Because different processing techniques such as cast, blown, extrusion coating and extrusion lamination can be used, Vistamaxx provides opportunities to innovate and enhance the performance of a wide range of films."


PT Pertamina to collaborate with petrochemical companies to produce naphta, reduce dependence on imports

April 7 (plastemart) -- In a move that will help Indonesia reduce its dependence on foreign refineries to produce naphtha (crucial as feedstock for high octane gasoline), state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina will collaborate with domestic and foreign petrochemical producers. The joint forces will construct three refineries within 10 years as part of a US$15 bln mega project. Each refinery is estimated to cost up to US$5 bln and will have a total combined capacity of 900,000 bpd of naphtha.

The first project will commence this year for a refinery in Cilegon, Banten. The partners for the project comprise PT Chandra Asri, Malaysia's PT Titan Petrochemical, PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Industry, PT Tri Polyta and PT Polytama Propindo. The other two new refineries will be built in East Kalimantan's Bontang and East Java's Tuban. Indonesia's number one ethylene maker Chandra Asri has a long term plan to invest US$2 bln on expansion of its oil refinery unit, including US$1 bln on a naphtha cracking unit.


Evonik to raise prices of high-performance polymers and monomers

April 7 ( -- High Performance Polymers Business Line of Evonik Industries AG, Germany, will raise prices of their product ranges VESTAMID, VESTOSINT, VESTAMELT, TROGAMID and VESTENAMER by an average of 7%, depending on region and product type. Customers will be informed of specific price increases by their regional representatives. The increase will become effective May 1, 2010.

Furthermore High Performance Polymers will raise prices for the C8 and C12 monomers by 12% at the same date.

The last months increases in raw material prices and transports have forced Evonik to take this decision because they reached a level that cannot be compensated by improved profitability of processes.