Construction demand drives Ukrainian PVC plant launch

April 8 (prw) -- Russian-owned petrochemicals manufacturer Karpatneftekhim will finally launch its planned Ukraine PVC production plant in November this year. The company, part of the Lukor-Neftekhim chemicals division of independent Russian oil and gas group Lukoil, is completing the construction of the 300,000 tpa suspension vinyl facility in Ukrainian city of Kalush.

The cost of the $234m facility is expected to be recovered within the space of nine years, the company is reported to have said. Downstream, Karpatneftekhim is also understood to be planning to extrude PVC profiles at the site and has begun installing equipment for this operation. Despite the regional economic slowdown, vinyl demand is continuing to grow in the Ukraine and Russia, driven by the construction sector. Both countries have relied heavily on vinyl imports to feed that demand.

In 2008, the company completed construction of new chlorine and caustic soda production facilities with capacities of 182,000 tons of gaseous chlorine and 200,000 tons of caustic soda at Kalush.


Dow Europe revises price increases for polystyrene, ABS and SAN products

April 8 (Dow) -- Effective immediately, or as contract terms allow, Dow Europe GmbH and its affiliate companies revise their price increases for polystyrene, ABS and SAN products by an additional 30 Euro per metric ton. This revision of the April price increase announced March 24, 2010 is due to higher settlement of raw material costs than anticipated.

The updated price increases effective immediately are:

For all STYRON and STYRON A-TECH polystyrene grades by 130 Euro per metric ton;

For all MAGNUM ABS grades and TYRIL SAN grades by 180 Euro per metric ton.

These price increases are applicable across the European, Middle Eastern and African regions.


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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."