PolyOne appoints Robert M. Patterson as new CEO

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PolyOne Corporation, a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Robert M. Patterson, president and chief executive officer, effective May 15, 2014, as per the company's press release.

Mr. Patterson, 41, succeeds Stephen D. Newlin, 61, who will retire as president and CEO and remain executive chairman of the PolyOne Board of Directors. Mr. Patterson has also been nominated for election to the PolyOne Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Mr. Patterson currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer, where he is responsible for developing and executing the annual operating plans and strategic plans to drive growth in revenue, gross margin and operating income.

As MRC reported earlier, in December 2013, the Board of Directors of PolyOne Corporation declared a dividend of eight cents (USD0.08) per share on the common stock outstanding, representing a 33% increase to the quarterly cash dividend. This represents the third increase to PolyOne's dividend and a doubling since the company re-instituted its quarterly cash dividend in March 2011 at USD0.04 per share.

PolyOne Corporation is a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions. PolyOne is a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, polymer distribution and specialty vinyl resins.

Toyo lands EPC work to expand India LNG terminal

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Toyo Engineering has been awarded a regasification plant project by Petronet LNG in India, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plant is to be constructed at Dahej, located in the State of Gujarat on the west coast of India, to expand the LNG receiving capacity from 10 million tpy to 15 million tpy.

Toyo-India will lead EPC work on a turnkey basis, from engineering to construction and commissioning. The plant is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

Construction of Dahej Terminal (original capacity: 5 million tpy), the first LNG receiving terminal in India, was awarded in 2000 to a consortium consisting of current IHI Corp., Toyo, Itochu, and Mitsui. In 2006, a consortium of IHI and Toyo received an order again to expand the receiving capacity.

To meet the growing demand of natural gas for electricity and fertilizer, more than 10 additional LNG import terminals are now planned to be built in India. Toyo says it will actively develop its business activities in India, striving to receive orders related to these LNG receiving terminal projects.

MRC wrote previously, recently Toyo Engineering Corp. has received a contract to build a 15,000-tpy synthetic resin production plant in Houston, Texas, from Nippon Synthetic Chemical. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin this summer and to be completed at the end of 2014. Earlier this year, Toyo Engineering was awarded a contract from Russia's TAIF-NK to provide services for detailed engineering and procurement on the oil refinery modernization project in Nizhnekamsk.

Chevron targets USD10bn asset sales

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chevron has projected USD10 billion-worth of asset sales in the next three years with capital expenditure also to drop, said Upstreamonline.

The California-based supermajor also sees lower 2017 production than previously expected, albeit basing its new estimate on a significantly higher oil price than previously thought. Chevron said proceeds from asset divestments from 2014 to 2016 are projected to hit USD10 billion.

This compares with USD7 billion taken between 2011 and 2013, with just over USD2 billion of that coming from the upstream sector. More than 80% of this USD10 billion is set to involve upstream asset sales, as Chevron nears the end of the rationalisation of its downstream portfolio.

The net production outlook for 2017 is now 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day from a previous outlook given in 2013 of 3.3 million boepd.

Chevron pointed to project delays as part reason for the drop in expected output, highlighting issues at the Chuandongbei sour gas development in China. Upstream reported in November that production-sharing partner PetroChina urged the US supermajor to put its efforts into completing the project's first phase before tending to the second phase.

The Chevron-led Tengizchevroil (TCO) venture developing the Tengiz field in western Kazakhstan is also subject to project slippage, it said.

Although the company will spend more this year than last year on upstream projects, it will spend nothing on business development and about the same on downstream and chemicals. The projected total spend for 2015-2016 is about the same as 2014. Chevron will spend less on liquefied natural gas and US gas plays, but unconventional plays will receive more cash.

Both North America and the Asia-Pacific region will receive 34% of the capex total, with 17% set aside for Africa-Latin America and 15% earmarked for Europe, Eurasia and Middle East.

Chevron Corporation is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in San Ramon, California, United States, and active in more than 180 countries. It is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron is one of the world's six "supermajor" oil companies.


European chemical industry could be mostly wiped out in decade - INEOS chief

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Most of European chemical industry will face closure within the next 10 years, if regulators do not move to increase the region’s competitiveness, said INEOS' Chairman Jim Ratcliffe in his open letter to President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

"The extinction of the European textile industry happened in the 1980’s. Chemicals could go the same way," Jim Ratcliffe said.

Worldwide, the chemicals sector has revenues of USD4.3 trillion. That’s bigger than the GDP of Germany and considerably bigger than the automotive sector at USD2.6 trillion.

In Europe, chemicals and automotives share top billing with USD1 trillion each.

"But Europe seems agnostic about the fate of European Chemicals. The European textile industry was wiped out because it could not compete with Asian labour rates," he added.

Chemicals depend upon competitive energy and feedstock costs. Whilst intensely technical as an industry, and one of the reasons historically that Europe has been so successful, technology alone will not save it, he believes.

Energy, in the form of gas, in Europe is three times higher than the USA today, whilst electricity is 50% higher. There are no cheap feedstocks in Europe. USA and Middle East feedstocks costs are in another league.

Shale gas in the United States has transformed both its competitiveness and its confidence. There are USD71 billion worth of announced petrochemical expansions on the back of shale gas flowing into chemicals. This is predicted to grow to over USD100 billion.

"In contrast Europe announces closure after closure," - said Jim Ratcliffe. "In the Middle East, they continue to build in Abu Dhabi, in Qatar, in Saudi and now Iran can be added with another 6 million tonnes of ethylene capacity re-joining planet earth. In the UK, there have been 22 chemical plant closures since 2009 and no new builds."

And then there is China, which will soon be self-sufficient. China is set to become the world’s largest economy by 2020.

INEOS, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, profits in Europe have halved in the last 3 years. Profits in the USA have tripled. BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, for the first time ever have announced a strategic cutback in European investment citing stagnant markets, expensive energy and expensive labour.

As MRC wrote before, further to the earlier decision of the European Commission to continue its evaluation of the proposed 50/50 Joint Venture between Solvay and INEOS in a Phase II investigation, the parties have recently jointly agreed to put forward a revised remedy package to address any competition concerns that have been raised by the European Commission. The proposed remedy package, which was submitted to the European Commission yesterday, comprises the divestment of the PVC plants at Schkopau (Germany), Beek (The Netherlands) and Mazingarbe (France) along with the chlor-alkali, EDC and VCM assets at Tessenderlo (Belgium). These facilities are all currently operated by INEOS and are strategically important within the European chemicals sector. They have the ability to compete as successful stand-alone businesses under third party ownership.

INEOS Group Limited is a privately owned multinational chemicals company consisting of 15 standalone business units, headquartered in Rolle, Switzerland and with its registered office in Lyndhurst, United Kingdom. It is the fourth largest chemicals company in the world measured by revenues (after BASF, Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell) and the largest privately owned company in the United Kingdom.

PolyOne ColorMatrix technology enables energy savings for Chinese PET packaging converters

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of PolyOne Corporation and a global leader in liquid color and additives for plastics, has announced that its patented Joule RHB liquid infra-red absorption technology is now approved for use in PET beverage packaging in China, as per the company's press release.

Adding this technology to bottle preforms enables improved recyclability and reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared with reheat-free PET resin for substantial production cost savings.

Steven Chai, general manager, ColorMatrix Asia, said, "Joule RHB formulations have successfully delivered value through production efficiency and enhanced post-consumer recyclability for customers around the world. We can now work with PET manufacturers in China to help them improve sustainability, combat rising energy costs, and achieve greater market success."

Joule RHB offers energy gains and raw material savings throughout multiple processing steps by improving infra-red energy absorption. Environmental and raw material gains can be achieved throughout the packaging lifecycle, including the recycling stream. Its inorganic, titanium nitride (TiN) base means the additive can naturally withstand higher temperatures. Inherent blue toning properties help reduce the appearance of yellowing to maintain clarity, while the additive also retains its reheat capability even after long-term recycling.

"We currently manufacture Joule formulations at our facility in Suzhou for customers in other countries throughout Asia Pacific, enabling us to go to market in China immediately with local technical support and short lead times," added Chai.

As MRC reported earlier, PolyOne Corporation has recently announced the launch of NEU View Radiopaque Translucent Solutions, an innovative polymer formulation that provides catheter manufacturers and healthcare professionals enhanced material functionality and performance. Catheters made using the patent-pending NEU View technology provide optical visibility (translucent) when outside the body and superior visibility under X-ray (radiopaque) when inside the body.

PolyOne Corporation, with 2013 revenues of USD3.8 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, polymer distribution and specialty vinyl resins.