PVC-S imports exceeded 50 kt in Russia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- By August results, total PVC-S imports have reached the record 50,7 kt, where American PVC amounted to over 51% - according to MRC DataScope report.

PVC-S imports have been constantly increasing in the Russian market since the beginning of the year, the figure amounted to 50,7 kt in August. These imports are mostly caused by the expectations of many market players of high demand for PVC finished goods (window profile, windowsills, sidings etc.) and a period of planned suspensions of the main Russian PVC producers in September and October. At the same time, big import volumes helped preventing the shortage in the Russian PVC market after unplanned long-term shutdown of Sterlitamak plant.

For the first time after May 2008 suspension imports exceeded 50 kt. For the first time in a couple of years PVC supply from North America into Russia exceeded 50% of total volumes. China had been a traditional PVC-S leading importer before, but its share went down to 23% in August.

Russian PVC 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 Russian PVC market is available in MRC DataScope reports.

La Seda sells 10% stake of Portuguese terephthalic acid plant

(prw) -- Leading European PET producer La Seda de Barcelona has reduced its shareholding in a major upstream plant construction project in Portugal to a stake of just 41%.

Previously, La Seda based in Barcelona, Spain, owned 51% of the ┬400m scheme to construct a 700,000 tpa purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Sines, Portugal which is due to be completed at the end of this year.

Now, the Spanish group says it has agreed to relinquish its controlling interest in the Artenius Sines project, selling shares to three Portuguese investment funds. The buyers are ECS Capital, through its Fundo Recuperacao, Caixa Capital and InovCapital with stakes amounting to 29%, 19% and 11% respectively.


Croda to increase additives production in UK

(prw) -- Croda is set to expand production capacity for amide slip additives at its facility in Hull, UK. The Hull site is Croda's global centre for excellence in the manufacture of amide slip additives.

In its announcement, Croda described the expansion as ⌠a multi-million dollar investment, but did not state the value or the facility's capacity after the expansion.


Braskem to invest US$50 mln in US polypropylene business next year

(plastemart) -- Braskem America plans to invest US$50 mln in its US polypropylene business through 2011 to better serve its customers and to position the company for growth in the North American market. These investments will focus on upgrading facilities' infrastructure, integrating business processes with parent company Braskem S.A., and implementing Braskem's quality and productivity programs. More than $35 million will be invested in manufacturing assets, of which US$15 mln will be targeted to the La Porte, Texas plant. Company officials said the Texas-based plant will play a key role in supporting the growth of Braskem America's overall business. Following an extensive review of the operations at the La Porte facility, Braskem America will take steps to further improve competitiveness in its polypropylene business by expanding capacity on its more modern Spheripol technology line and idling its slurry technology line. Production of polymers currently made on the slurry technology line will be transitioned within the La Porte facility and to the company's other manufacturing plants in the US.


PTT in talks to create new bioplastic business

(plastemart) -- PTT is in discussions with NatureWorks and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp to invest in bioplastic plants next year. The cost and production capacity of both facilities are expected to be finalised towards H2-2010.

Mitsubishi is also considering Thailand as a location for a polybutylenes succinate or PLA plant. NatureWorks is considering its second, full-scale polylactic acid (PLA) plant either in Thailand or another location such as Brazil, Malaysia and Singapore. This plant will require an estimated investment of US$300-400 mln for a production capacity of 150,000 tpa. The new plant is targeted to start up in 2014. PTT is likely to take 50% ownership of each plant.