US plastic resin production, sales down from 2011

(hydrocarbonprocessing) -- US production of major plastic resins totaled 6.1 billion pounds during April 2012, a decrease of 3.2% compared to the same month in 2011, according to new statistics released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) trade group. Sales and captive use were down 8.8% from April 2011.

US production of major plastic resins totaled 6.1 billion pounds during April 2012, a decrease of 3.2% compared to the same month in 2011, according to new statistics released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) trade group.

Year-to-date production was 25.3 billion pounds, a 1.5% increase compared to the same period in 2011.

Sales and captive (internal) use of major plastic resins totaled 5.8 billion pounds during April 2012, a decrease of 8.8% from the same month one year earlier.

Year-to-date sales and captive use was 24.4 billion pounds, a 2.1% decrease as compared to the same period in 2011, according to the ACC.


Huntsman to increase MDI and MDI-based systems prices in Europe

(chinatexnet) -- The Polyurethanes division of Huntsman Corporation announced today that it will increase the price of all MDI products and MDI-based systems by a further EUR 150/tonne in the European region, effective July 1, 2010 latest or as contracts allow.

Nick Webster, Vice President, Europe for the Polyurethanes division said: "This price increase is necessary to achieve re-investment economics and to address the ongoing high level of raw material costs for MDI and polyol products ".

Iran's new petrochemical complex to produce 1mln tons of ethylene by autumn

(english.farsnews) -- Iran will soon inaugurate another petrochemical complex to produce ethylene, Director of Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Ahmad Reza Heidarnia announced, adding that the complex is scheduled to surpass one-million-ton production capacity by autumn.

Ahmad Reza Heidarnia made the remarks on Friday, stressing that Kavian Petrochemical Complex will produce one million tons of ethylene by the end of the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2012).

The official which works for the National Iranian Petrochemical Company (NIPC) also said that Iran is set to inaugurate two major petrochemical projects in the country's Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (Assalouyeh).

The Kavian Petrochemical Complex (Olefin 11), as the world's largest ethylene producer, as well as the West Ethylene Pipeline will come on stream in the near future, Heidarnia said.

He added that the West Ethylene Pipeline, which will transfer ethylene from Assalouyeh in the Southern Iranian province of Bushehr to the petrochemical complexes in Iran's Western provinces, has a final capacity of 2.5 million tons per annum.

The project is expected to reduce the concentration of petrochemical industries in the southern parts of the country and shift it to western parts.

Since 2005, when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ascended to power, 38 petrochemical plans have been launched leading to rising production of petrochemical products from 20 million tons to 54 million tons per year. Iran's petrochemical products are exported to more than 60 countries across the world.


Cytec Industries to finish transaction of its coating resins unit by late Q4, 2012

(chemmonitor) -- The US-based specialty chemicals company headquartered in New Jersey, Cytec Industries Inc., reached the decision to sell its coating resins unit instead of separating the business. The assistant in its sale process is the New York-headquartered company J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.

Cytec Industries Inc. plans to fulfill the deal by late 2012.

The selling of coating resins business will allow the company to concentrate fully on its composite materials production and to expand as well as develop its position in the global market.


Romania's InterAgro to form JV with Gazprom

(pennenergy) -- Diversified Romanian holding InterAgro, which owns several fertilizer plants in the country, plans to form a joint-venture company in the chemical industry with Gazprom Schweiz AG for processing Russian and Romanian natural gas.

The natural gas would be processed in InterAgro's facilities, but also in other plants in Romania. According to a separate report, Swiss grain and fertilizers trader Ameropa just took over Romania's largest fertilizers producer, Azomures, from Turkish investors. The natural gas supply is a critical element in the fertilizer industry as it accounts for the largest part of the production costs.

The Romanian government has to take the first steps towards natural gas market liberalisation for non-residential users as soon as this year. InterAgro's fertilizers producers were subject to state subsidies broadly allowed to the chemical industry over the past couple of years, when the chemical companies were allowed to process 100% cheap natural gas. But such preferential regime is unlikely in the future, under the pressure of EU directives that Romania is already late in enforcing.