PVC imports to Ukraine dropped by 24% in the first two months of 2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) into Ukraine decreased in the first two months of 2017 by 24% year on year, totalling 14,100 tonnes, according to MRC's DataScope report.

Last month's SPVC imports to Ukraine rose to 7,400 tonnes, despite the "low season", compared to 6,700 tonnes a month earlier. Some window profiles producers traditionally increased their purchasing. Overall SPVC imports were 14,100 tonnes in January-February 2017, compared to 18,600 tonnes a year earlier. Last year's high figure was due to low prices in the US in November-December 2015, which led to the fact that some companies were actively building up additional inventories of cheap material at the start of the season.

The structure of PVC imports to Ukraine by countries looked the following way.

Last month's SPVC imports from the USA were 1,500 tonnes, compared to 1,300 tonnes in January. Imports of North American resin totalled 2,800 tonnes in the first two months of 2017 versus 12,500 tonnes a year earlier.

February imports of European PVC to the Ukrainian market increased to 4,600 tonnes, compared to 4,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall imports of European PVC to Ukraine totalled 8,600 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 4,400 tonnes a year earlier.

Last month's imports of Russian SPVC dropped to 1,300 tonnes from 1,500 tonnes in January. Shipments of Russian resin were 2,800 tonnes in the first two months of 2017, compared to 1,500 tonnes a year earlier.


Axalta Coating Systems Powder Coatings on Display at the 10th International Biennale Design Event

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Axalta Coating Systems is exhibiting a selection of its Alesta powder coatings colours and textures at the celebrated Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, taking place in the Cite du Design in St. Etienne, France, March 9 to April 9, 2017, said Coatingsworld.

Cite du Design is a renowned public venue dedicated to design and innovation, in which the prominent school of higher education Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design is located. It also serves as the home of the Materiautheque, a material resource centre. The school is a hub for design research and innovative thinking related to industry, the public sector, design and education. With more than 150 years in the coatings industry, Axalta is delighted to share its legacy of color technology and innovation during the Biennale with a wide array of architects and designers who rely on Alesta coatings to provide vibrant colors and effects to their materials.

To highlight some of these applications during the event, Axalta is displaying figurines and colour cards coated with Alesta products at the Materiautheque as part of the school’s commitment to serve as a resource to designers, manufacturers, researchers and students. Pascal Nicard, Regional Sales Director for Axalta’s powder coatings in France, the Middle East and Africa, says, "Axalta has developed a close relationship with the Cite du Design, which is situated near our Montbrison facility, one of our largest Alesta powder production sites. For this year’s Biennale, to illustrate how our products look, we have created some colourful, miniature 3-D Axalta logos that have been sprayed with Alesta powder coatings. It’s exciting to be part of this event, which draws designers, entrepreneurs, students and members of the public from around the globe."

The Biennale is in its 10th year and this bi-annual event has become one of the most eclectic design events in France. The event aims to highlight the importance of design in every aspect of daily life, to raise its public awareness, and to make design accessible to all; it’s also a way to explore the evolution and the future of design. This is done through multiple exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and debates that look at contemporary design trends and design issues.


Chandra Asri plans feasibility study for 2nd petrochemical complex at Cilegon

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) is planning to start a feasibility study to build and operate a second integrated petrochemical complex in Cilegon, Bantan province, Indonesia, as per Apic-online.

The new multi-billion dollar, world-scale complex, which will be located adjacent to CAP's existing integrated petrochemical complex, will include a 1-million-t/y ethylene cracker and downstream derivatives. A completion date was not given.

CAP will establish a company to undertake the new complex and discuss fiscal incentives with relevant government authorities to accelerate the project.

"The feasibility study is in line with CAP's strategy to expand its petrochemical footprint in Indonesia to serve the growing domestic market with a burgeoning population of some 250 million, forecast GDP growth of above 5% and government stimulus to improve basic infrastructure," the company explained.

"Indonesia is structurally deficient in many petrochemical products and relies heavily on imports from other countries," CAP continued. "In 2017, Indonesia is expected to consume an estimated around 3-million tons of polyethylene/polypropylene, with imports set to remain at over 1.7-million tons."

In 2015, the company completed a naphtha cracker expansion at Cilegon, which increased the existing cracker's capacity to 860,000 t/y, propylene capacity to 470,000 t/y, pygas capacity to 400,000 t/y and mixed C4 capacity to 315,000 t/y.

CAP is also planning a new 400,000-t/y swing polyethylene (PE) facility, which will be integrated into the existing naphtha cracker complex, where it currently operates a 336,000-t/y two-train PE unit.

As MRC reported before, in September 2016, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) signed an agreement with Univation Technologies, LLC, located in the United States, to use the UNIPOL PE Progress for a new world scale 400KTA polyethylene (PE) plant at its integrated naphtha cracker complex in Cilegon, Banten. The agreement covers process design package, including licence, to produce linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and metallocene LLDPE (mLLDPE).

Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) is the largest vertically integrated petrochemical company in Indonesia with facilities located in Ciwandan, Cilegon and Puloampel, Serang in Banten Province. CAP is Indonesia's premier petrochemical plant incorporating world-class, state-of-the-art technology and supporting facilities. At the heart of CAP lies the Lummus Naphtha Cracker producing high quality Ethylene, Propylene, Mixed C4, and Pyrolysis Gasoline (Py-Gas) for the Indonesian as well as regional export markets.

Neste Jacobs delivers new versions of NAPCON solutions to Borealis Porvoo cracker

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs has finished the upgrade of Borealis Porvoo Cracker Dynamic Real-Time Optimization (DRTO) and Advanced Process Control (APC) with NAPCON Optimizer and NAPCON Controller, said Yourpetrochemicalnews.

Borealis cracker unit's existing APC and DRTO were upgraded to the latest version of NAPCON Controller and NAPCON Optimizer. The new solutions were implemented on virtualized hardware with a DCS integrated web-based user interface. The user interface includes a modern visualization of APC functions, for example a real-time performance indicator, notification of active constraints and an easy "one-button" to turn on each APC.

"We are pleased to see once again that our NAPCON solution has provided remarkable financial benefits to our customer. We are also happy that our good collaboration with Borealis continues and we are able to deliver continuous added value to our customer. NAPCON solutions offer, in addition to production optimization, also great savings through improved energy efficiency", says Jarmo Suominen, CEO of Neste Jacobs.

As MRC informed earlier, Borealis is carrying out feasibility studies for a polypropylene (PP) unit and a mixed-feed steam cracker at Borouge, the petrochemicals complex it owns jointly with Abu Dhabi's state-owned Adnoc in Ruwais, UAE.

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,500 and operates in over 120 countries.

AkzoNobel, MasterPeace Join Forces to Color 100 "Walls of Connection"

MOSCOW (MRC) -- People living in more than 40 countries around the world are to benefit from a partnership between AkzoNobel and global peace movement MasterPeace which will involve painting 100 walls, said Coatingsworld.

Launched today in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the Let's Colour Walls of Connection initiative aims to inspire and energize cities around the world and make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. "With a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity, artists and communities are coming together to 'color peace'," explained Annemieke Kievit, Director of Public Affairs and Human Cities at AkzoNobel.

"The community events will take place in cities all over the world, from Indonesia to Brazil, and will involve hundreds of artists, AkzoNobel employees, MasterPeace teams and thousands of local participants." The initiative will also enable the two partners to contribute to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused on creating sustainable cities and communities and forming partnerships to achieve those goals.

As MRC informed earlier, Akzo Nobel NV rejected a EUR21 billion (USD22 billion) bid from larger US rival PPG Industries Inc (PPG.N), saying instead it wanted to "unlock value" by spinning off its chemicals business.

Akzo Nobel N.V., trading as AkzoNobel, is a Dutch multinational, active in the fields of decorative paints, performance coatings and specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the company has activities in more than 80 countries, and employs approximately 55,000 people.