Total commissions two lube oil blending plants in Saudi Arabia and China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Total has inaugurated two lube oil blending plants, one on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia and one in Tianjin, northern China, reported the company on its site.

"The two new plants will allow Total to keep pace with the strong growth in its sales of automotive and industrial lubricants, a market that is forecast to grow by 20% to 2022," commented Philippe Charleux, Vice President, Total Lubricants. "They will also secure our supply in the fast-growing Africa/Middle East and Asia regions in particular."

Total sold 1.9 million tonnes of automotive and industrial lubricants in 2012 in 150 countries, ranking sixth in the sector. The aim is to step up development in this fast-expanding segment, lifting market share from under 4% at end-2012 to at least 5% by 2022.

Lubricants reduce friction, protect components and keep them clean, enhance seal and transfer heat. Consisting of around 80% base stock produced by refining and 20% additives, they have automotive, industrial and marine applications.

As MRC wrote previously, Saudi Aramco Total Refinery and Petrochemicals Company (Satorp) expects its new refinery at Jubail Industrial City to be fully operational in December 2013. Saudi Aramco and France's Total are building the SR52.5 billion Jubail facility as part of a push by the world's top oil exporter to almost double its refining capacity.

Total S.A. is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world with business in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The company's petrochemical products cover two main groups: base chemicals and the consumer polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) that are derived from them.

Solvay to build large-scale alkoxylation facility in North America

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay announces today that it will build and operate a large-scale alkoxylation unit in Pasadena, Texas, at an integrated industrial facility of LyondellBasell’s Equistar Chemicals affiliate, in order to serve a growing North American market, said Solvay in its press release.

Equistar will supply the ethylene oxide raw material to the unit, in which Solvay will invest nearly EUR40 million and is expected to be operational in 2015.

Alkoxylates are used as emulsifiers, detergents and wetting agents and are the chemical foundation for a wide range of Solvay Novecare specialty surfactants. The on-pipe unit will ensure greater security of alkoxylate supply for North American customers. Following completion, it will bring to eight Novecare’s global alkoxylation plants.

This investment follows Solvay’s announcement in April that it will build an on-pipe alkoxylation facility in Singapore. Thanks to its presence on LyondellBasell's site, Solvay can benefit from an existing, competitive industrial footprint and assets as well as access to road, rail and navigable shipping transport to key customers and suppliers.

LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. Equistar Chemicals, LP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LyondellBasell.

Solvay Novecare is a worldwide leader in specialty surfactants and a major player in polymers, amines, guar, and phosphorus derivatives. Solvay Novecare engineers and develops formulations that provide consumer products and state-of-the-art industrial applications with specific functional qualities designed to modify fluid behavior and deliver cleansing, dispersal, gelling, moisturizing, penetrating, softening or texturizing properties. These formulations are used in shampoos, detergents, paints and lubricants as well as in crop protection, mining and energy production and stimulation. Solvay announced that its Aroma Performance business unit has won the ICIS Best Product Innovation Award 2013 for its Govanil flavor whose revolutionary long-lasting and intensity of taste allows for a lower use of fat and sugar in pastry, bakery and chocolate food products, said the producer in its press release.

Imports of PC chips to Russia fell by 14% since early 2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of polycarbonate (PC) chips to the Russian market in January-October, 2013, dropped by 14% year on year and totalled 39,300 tonnes, according to MRC DataScope.

Sabic and Bayer, the key importers of PC chips, have increased steadily their supplies to the Russian market since early 2013. However, they reduced significantly their October shipments from September, as follows: Sabic - by 48.2% and Bayer - by 23.2%.

The share of these companies in the Russian market in January-October, 2013, was 64% and 16%, respectively. At the same time, Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp. (its import share is 3%) raised its October imports almost three-fold compared with the previous month.
The main sector of consumption of Sabic's products are producers of moulded parts for electrical engineering and electronics. Bayer supplies to Russia construction grades of PC (for the production of PC sheets) and optical grades of PC (for the production of information carriers). Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp.'s PC is mainly used for blow moulding bottles and CD-ROM drives moulding.полик


Mitsui Chemicals expands automotive use Polypropylene production in USA and... (11-11-2013)

Mitsui Chemicals expands automotive use Polypropylene production in USA and... (11-11-2013)

Mitsui Chemicals and Prime Polymer, a Mitsui Chemicals subsidiary, announced a 21,000 ton increase in polypropylene production in the United States (Advanced Composites) and a 13,000 ton hikein Mexico (Advanced Composites Mexicana) to meet growing demands of the automotive materials sector. Mitsui Chemicals and Prime Polymer will continue to strategically intensify and expand operations through ongoing collaboration and reinforcement of production, sales, and technological support structures necessary in providing state-of-the-art, performance-driven materials.
Although the North American automotive industry was negatively impacted by the Global Financial Crisis, the market has returned to normalcy with forecasts of significant growth in the future. "The planned augmentation will strengthen Mitsui Chemicals' current top class position in the North American market and thereby make it better able to contribute to global strategies of automobile manufacturers," says Akio Ayukawa, Managing Executive Officer at Mitsui Chemicals. "In addition, by reinforcing R&D functions at strategic sites, Mitsui Chemicals will strengthen its ability to support diverse local market strategies of automobile manufacturers."

Karpatneftekhim resumed PVC production

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Karpatneftekhim (part of LUKOIL), the largest polymers producer in Ukraine, resumed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production on 7 November, 2013, reported plant's sources to MRC.

The equipment for resumption of PVC production at the Kalush plant was technically ready already in early November. Investments into the PVC production at Karpatneftekhim amounts to USD250 million.

LUKOIL launched the only Ukrainian PVC production at Karpatneftekhim with an annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes in late May, 2011.

As noted earlier, LUKOIL resumed production of polyethylene (PE) at Karpatneftekhim on 10 September, 2013, after a year-long outage for a major overhaul. The plant's September PE output totalled about 4,700 tonnes and reached already 6,200 tonnes in October.

As MRC reported, the plant intends to start ethylene production in December.

Karpatneftekhim (Kalush, Ivano-Frankovsk region) is a subsidiary of LUKOIL, the largest polymers producer in Ukraine. Its capacities allow to produce 300,000 tonnes of ethylene, 100,000 tonnes of HDPE, 180,000 tonnes of caustic and 300,000 tonnes of PVC annually.