Jurong Aromatics finds financial package for new petrochemical project

(plastemart) -- After a three-year delay caused by the credit squeeze during the global financial crisis, a US$1.56 bln financing package for Jurong Aromatics' new petrochemicals project in Singapore was finally launched with strong support from Korea. The coordinating banks for the project are ING and Royal Bank of Scotland. The borrower is being advised by ING. The US$2.4 bln project involves development of a condensate splitter and aromatics facility on Jurong Island, with production capacity of 1.5 mln tpa aromatics and 2.5 mln tons of fuel. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2011 and the plant is expected to come on stream in 2014.

The major investors of the project are Korea's SK Group, with a 30% stake, Chinese polyester maker Jiangsu Sanfangxiang Group, which holds 25%, Glencore International with a 10% share in the project, Arovin and Shefford Investments (equity investment houses based in India) with about 10% stake each, 5% stake held by the Economic Development Board of Singapore and the balance 10% is held by other minority shareholders based across the region.


Reliance to export up to 90% of its output

(plastemart) -- Reliance Industries plans to export 80-90% of output from its new 144,000 tpa MTBE plant in Hazira, after it starts up in June 2011. The MTBE produced at the plant will have a minimum purity of 98.1%, slightly above the standard in Asia of 98%. Although the source did not specify the targeted destinations for its MTBE, in Asia the cargoes would likely make their way to China and Southeast Asia.


United Business Media buys Injection Moulding Magazine

(prw) -- United Business Media, the London-based publisher of Information Week and owner of PR Newswire, has purchased US-based Canon Communications, which owns Injection Molding Magazine and Modern Plastics Worldwide.

In a deal announced September 16, UBM said it was paying $287m to buy Canon from Apprise Media and Spectrum Equity Investors.

Apprise Media, backed by Spectrum, had acquired Canon in 2005 from Veronis Suhler Stevenson, in a deal that the Daily Deal estimated at about $200m.


Ukrainian market faces titanium dioxide shortage

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ukrainian PVC converters are facing a severe titanium dioxide shortage - according to MRC analysts.

As per market players, titanium dioxide supply is tight to satisfy the demand of Ukrainian converters, which might lead to suspension of some facilities soon. That became obvious in June-July, when the list of titaniun dioxide orders stretched for 2-3 months. PVC converters, who managed to build up certain titanium dioxide stocks and facilities that work with finished PVC compounds are not experiencing any serious problems and working normally.

There are two titanium dioxide producers in Ukraine: CJSC Krymskiy Titan and JSC Sumyhimprom. Part of Ukrainian companies use local titanium dioxide for PVC finished goods production, where no serious quality is necessary. High quiality of titanium dioxide is critital for window profile producers, that is why these producers are facing serious lack of material.

The similar situation with titanium dioxide in the Russian market was observed in July - August, 2010. Global titanium dioxide production was cut down by 10-15%, when the demand went down by 5% only. Plant shutdowns and reduction of titanium dioxide production in 2009 brought to certain deficit of this pigment in the US and Western European markets. Some titanium dioxide producers do not rush to return to previous production level waiting for appropriable margin.

Russian polymers market prospects will be discussed at Russian Polymers Summit on October 14, 2010 organized by ICIS and MRC. For more information please refer to http://www.icisconference.com/russianpolymers/ Summit official web page.


More information about the PVC market in Ukraine is available in MRC Price reports.

DuPont joins forces with The Body Shop

(AutoChannel) -- DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC) announces it is partnering with The Body Shop, the industry's leading experts on collision repair. The agreement between the parties covers the sharing of The Body Shop's proven Star-Link Collision Repair System, a Kaizen centered business model that was developed by John Sweigart and Brad Sullivan over the past 12 years. The model is currently practiced in all of The Body Shop's Pittsburgh and New Jersey locations, as well as in several other independent repair shops in the United States and Canada. DPC is partnering with The Body Shop to offer a refined version of the model to DPC body shops.

The Body Shop operates a customer focused group of collision
repair centers with plans to continue rapid expansion over the coming
years. Sweigart and Sullivan created the Star-Link Collision Repair
Network, made up exclusively of repairers who are truly committed to
genuine improvement through Kaizen. This group exists to promote to the
customer a substantially better offering, and to work together through
shared learning for the sake of a better collision repair industry.