HDPE imports to Russia grew up to 260 KT

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Import supplies of low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) to the Russian market in 2010 grew more than by 47% compared to 2009 and made about 260 KT, according to MRC analysts. For comparison - in pre-crisis 2008 total volume of HDPE imports made about 240 KT. As expected, spike of import supplies last year occurred in October - period of scheduled maintenance of HDPE production at Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim. And by December the import supplies had fallen to 28 KT.

Traditionally, more than 60% of total imports of HDPE fall on two sectors: extrusion cover of steel pipes of large diameter for oil pipe line and PE pipes. The most considerable gain in HDPE imports regarding the results of last year was marked in the sector of film PE.


PVC-S imports to Russia in 2010 made 350 KT

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Summarizing 2010, total volume of import supplies of suspension PVC to the Russian market grew twice as much compared to 2009 and made about 350 KT, according to MRC analysts. This index exceeded the previous maximum achieved in 2008 by 30 KT.

Traditional leading countries-suppliers of PVC-S to the Russian market remained unchanged: China, USA and South Korea.

At the same time leaders of the recent years - Chinese producers of acetylene PVC - were replaced by the suspension suppliers from USA.

Starting from the second half of 2010, PVC-S supplies from the North American producers took a leading position. Import supplies of suspension PVC from USA in 2010 exceeded the imports of the Chinese acetylene resin almost by 35 KT. The third place is taken by the resin from South Korea which was supplied in 2010 to Russian with total weight of about 34 KT.


AkzoNobel expanded Mexico operations

(Coatings World) -- AkzoNobel invested in a new powder coating manufacturing plant in Apodaca (suburb of Monterrey, Mexico). The new 85,000 square foot facility will include manufacturing, warehousing, research and development labs, administrative offices and a quality control laboratory. The project was approved by Akzo's board in mid-September, and construction began early December with completion expected to take up to eight months.

The site will allow the company to more than double its powder coatings business in Mexico and Central America over the next several years.

The new facility was deemed necessary, as AkzoNobel rapidly approaches the capacity limits of the current manufacturing facility in Monterrey. The company will continue to produce its products in the existing manufacturing facility during the construction phase of the new manufacturing plant, which is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2011.


Borealis revealed its involvement in the front grill of PSA's Peugeot 206+

(PRW) -- Borealis has revealed its involvement in the front grill of PSA's Peugeot 206+, in which a colour compounded polypropylene grade was used to eliminate the need for painting.

PSA selected Borealis' Daplen EH104E-0515, which contains a metallic pigment that provides the same effect the car maker was looking for without the painting process.

The Daplen compound was suited to the application, because ⌠the use of an in-mass metallic colour for aesthetical parts requires a high-flow material in order to reduce the weld lines to a minimum, said Thomas Rothmayer, senior application development engineer of Borealis' Mobility Business Unit.


BASF completed acquisition of CRI/Criterion's styrene catalysts business

(BASF) -- BASF successfully completed its acquisition of CRI/Criterion's global styrene catalysts business. As part of this agreement, BASF has acquired CRI/Criterion's customer list, contracts and exclusive and non-exclusive licenses for intellectual property, including applicable patents and know-how in the field of styrene catalysts, as well as CRI/Criterion's styrene catalysts inventory. There were no plant assets associated with the deal.

BASF previously announced the signing of this purchase agreement via a news release issued on November 29, 2010.

BASF's Catalysts division is the world's leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air, produce the fuels and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products.