Dow announces price increase for polyethylene resins

(Dow) -- Dow Europe GmbH is announcing a price increase for polyethylene (PE) resins across the European, Middle Eastern, African and Indian regions.

Effective May 1, 2010, or as contract terms allow, Dow Europe GmbH will increase prices for all grades of its low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resins by 70 Euros per metric ton. The prices for all linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins will be increased by 50 Euros per metric ton.

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Nizhnekamskneftekhim's shareholders summarized results of 2009

( -- Results of Nizhnekamskneftekhim's operations in 2009 were discussed at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on April 15, 2010. The meeting was attended by President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

The report on the results of financial and economic activities in 2009 was presented by Vladimir Busygin, General Director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The previous year turned out to be the period of getting over the consequences of the world economic crisis. Thanks to the anti-recession measures taken at the Company the revival and recovery became quite evident in the second quarter of 2009, the pre-depression level of output was reached in the third and fourth quarters. The commercial production output exceeded the sum of 57 billion rubles in the reported year, and the Company fulfilled its obligations as to product shipments to its partners. Sales proceeds moved at 60.3 billion rubles, while exports amounted to 31 billion rubles. Company's capitalization increased 2.4 times and moved at 23.3 billion rubles.

Polyethylene production was put into operation in February 2009, at capacity of 230,000 kta, which brought overall plastics output to 600,000 tons a year. That was a significant event because commissioning of that plant meant successful completion of the program of transition from production of monomers to polymers. Production of plastics and new rubber grades promotes development of private business at Nizhnekamsk industrial area. Presently, the most demonstrative example is the establishment of the Industrial Park in Kamskiye Polyany on the basis of Public Private Partnership, under the auspices of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.

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PP-block - 34.7%,

PP-random - 22.1%);

polystyrene - 34.5%.

Leader in polymer processing technologies:


Taiwan's Formosa Plastics faces fines but not plant closure over pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Formosa Plastics could be forced to pay a fine of up to NT$150 million (US$5 million) for a case of pollution in Kaohsiung County but not closure of its factory, reports said Tuesday. Test results published by the media on March 21 showed the presence near the factory in Jenwu of carcinogenic chemicals such as vinyl-chloride monomers and hydrochlorofluorocarbons at levels exceeding official health limits by up to 300,000 times (read from march 31).

The Environmental Protection Administration was drawing up eight possible scenarios for sanctions against the company which could end with the county government levying a fine of between NT$38 million (US$1.2 million) and NT$150 million, according to the Chinese-language United Evening News.Environmental groups welcomed the plans for a heavy fine, but also demanded the closure of the Jenwu plant. The heavy fines showed the EPA's determination, but since the pollution at the factory was still at a manageable level, there was no need to order its closure at present, EPA Minister Stephen Shen said. Any similar incident in the future would lead to an order to halt work at the Jenwu factory, he added.

Formosa Plastics first knew about the grave pollution of underground water in December 2003, but never told the authorities, according to Shen. The company didn't take action against the problem until the EPA inspected the plant last year and failed to clean up the toxic substances already present in the soil, he said. The size of the fine was based on the cost of the company's negligence and of the actions it had failed to take, Shen said. A commission of experts would still have to draw up an overall plan for neutralizing the impact of the pollution and would base the final size of the fine for Formosa Plastics on the cost of that plan, he said. The longer the company took to solve the problem, the higher the fine would be, according to Shen.

Because experts still had to confirm the precise nature of the pollution, the EPA would not impose the fine directly but ask the Kaohsiung County Government to do so, he added. In the first example of a heavy fine over environmental pollution, the EPA imposed a direct fine of more than NT$100 million on the Kuanyin Industrial Zone in Taoyuan County.

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The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PVC-S - 3.0%;

PP - 0.4%.

Annual growth sales in Russia :
PVC - 79 % (over the last year) ;

PP - 272 % (over the last 3 years).

Supply by processing technologies:
profile extrusion

film extrusion

Faerch Plast will use Sabic PP in new product solutions

(plastemart) -- New product solutions in food packaging (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) are being developed by Danish converter Faerch Plast using Sabic PP. One of Faerch Plast's key challenges is to develop packaging that is friendlier for the environment without compromising on technical requirements and trendy design. As well as the appearance of packaging, its ⌠green aspect is becoming increasingly important for consumers, more and more of whom are consciously choosing to buy environmentally friendly products and packaging. Sabic understands this trend and has designed the homopolymer grade Sabic PP 527K to meet these requirements.

⌠Our customers are looking for lightweight packaging with an eye-catching design and an excellent impact. By using the Sabic PP range for Thermoforming we can meet and even surpass these expectations, thus supporting and improving our customers' brand awareness, says Merete Rosendahl, Development Manager, Faerch Plast.

This new generation of PP for thermoforming offers converters down gauging possibilities of up to 10-15% which provides them with significant material and energy savings. Without compromising on quality and safety, these grades are the product of choice when it comes to sustainable production and consumption

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Sabic. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PE - 0.2%;
PP - 0.4%;
PS - 0.2%.

Annual sales growth in Russia over the last 5 years:
PE - 33%;
PP - 62%.

LDPE import in Ukraine down 11%

MOSCOW (MRC) - Import of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) into Ukraine went down by 11% (to 24.03 kt) in January- March 2010 comparing with same period last year - according to MRC DataScope report.

In March Ukrainian companies significantly increased LDPE imports. By March results 10.12 kt of polyethylene were delivered into Ukrainian market.

The main import income was from Belarus (almost 2 times comparing with February 2010). LDPE supplies from Croatia, Romania and Serbia have also increased. Ukrainian companies develop PE supplies into the domestic market, however, supply of the material is limited.

Deficit in shrinkable film production is being observed in LDPE market. European and Belarusian PE is presented in small volumes.


More detailed information is presented in MRC DataScope report.