Covestro extends contract with CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann

Covestro extends contract with CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dr. Markus Steilemann will remain Chief Executive Officer of Covestro for a further five years, said the company.

The Supervisory Board has extended his contract, which runs until May 2023, until May 31, 2028. Steilemann has been a member of the Covestro Board of Management since September 2015 and its Chief Executive Officer since June 2018.

"Markus Steilemann has provided Covestro with outstanding leadership as Chief Executive Officer during his tenure to date, setting important strategic direction and driving the Group's sustainable growth. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation," said Dr. Richard Pott, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Covestro AG. "By extending his mandate ahead of schedule, we are emphasizing our confidence in Mr. Steilemann to successfully continue the transformation Covestro has begun to become fully circular."

Following his contract extension, Dr. Markus Steilemann responds: "I would like to thank the Supervisory Board for the trust it has placed in me. We have restructured Covestro and, together with my colleagues, I look forward to leading the company to a successful and sustainable future."

In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Steilemann is responsible for the central functions of the company: Strategy, Sustainability & Public Affairs, Group Innovation, Corporate Audit, Human Resources and Communications.

Other members of Covestro's Board of Management are Sucheta Govil as Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Klaus Schafer as Chief Technology Officer and Dr. Thomas Toepfer as Chief Financial Officer.

As per MRC, Covestro is expanding its production capacities for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Films in the Platilon range, as well as the associated infrastructure and logistics and schedules to complete the new facilities as early as the end of 2023.

We remind that Covestro closed the sale of its European polycarbonates (PC) sheets business to the Munich-based Serafin Group effective January 2, 2020. This includes key management and sales functions throughout Europe as well as production sites in Belgium and Italy.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall consumption of PC granules (excluding exports from Belarus) totalled 7,800 tonnes in January 2022, down by 4% year on year (8,100 tonnes a year earlier).

Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) is an independent subgroup within Bayer. It was created as part of the restructuring of Bayer AG from the former business group Bayer Polymers, with certain of its activities being spun off to Lanxess AG. Covestro manufactures and develops materials such as coatings, adhesives and sealants, polycarbonates (CDs, DVDs), polyurethanes (automotive seating, insulation for refrigerating appliances) etc. With 2021 sales of EUR 15.9 billion, Covestro has 50 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 17,900 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).

U.S. average gasoline prices reach USD4.85 per gallon in early June, more than anticipated

U.S. average gasoline prices reach USD4.85 per gallon in early June, more than anticipated

MOSCOW (MRC) -- U.S. average gasoline prices reach USD4.85 per gallon in early June, more than anticipated, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

U.S. gasoline prices surged in early June 2022 from a week earlier by over a quarter of a dollar during a spring holiday known as Memorial Weekend that took the average fuel pump reading nationwide to about USD4.85 per gallon, with drivers in several states paying more than USD5 per gallon and California's over USD6.RBOB future contract prices after July show backwardation.

“People are still fueling up, despite these high prices,” said Andrew Gross, with the American Automobile Association, or AAA, according to a June 6 publication.

The actual prices of the first week of June 2022 were higher compared with a second quarter 2022 gasoline pricing projection published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in March. It had estimated average prices would reach USD4.10 per gallon.

In the U.S. the gasoline mix is a combination of RBOB, a gasoline blend, with an oxygenate, like ethanol. The mix results in the finished reformulated gasoline sold in service stations across the nation. The gasoline mix sold in U.S. stations typically includes about 10% ethanol.

A reading of RBOB future prices in the U.S. on June 7 showed lower values for RBOB future contracts starting after July 2022. As the calendar of contracts advances, starting in August, there is a market backwardation. Gasoline prices seasonally ease into the fall and winter. The warmer months typically see the greatest gasoline demand with spikes in the extended weekends.

As per MRC, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories rose unexpectedly last week, while crude in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve fell by a record amount as refiners ramped up production to pre-pandemic levels. Crude inventories rose by 2 MM barrels in the week to June 3 to 416.8 MM barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.9 MM-barrel drop. SPR crude stocks fell by a record 7.3 MM barrels to 519.3 MM, their lowest since March 1987.

Borealis unveils 2030 strategy, hikes circular production volumes

Borealis unveils 2030 strategy, hikes circular production volumes

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Borealis announced the introduction of the Borealis Strategy 2030. At the core of this strategic evolution is sustainability, which is supported by the strong Borealis foundation of dedication to safety first, its people, innovation and technology, and performance excellence, said the company.

This foundation powers continued geographic expansion and the ongoing transformation towards the circular economy. The strategy stipulates new and more ambitious sustainability targets with regard to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy consumption, and the circular economy. Underlying the Borealis Strategy 2030 is an evolved purpose, “Re-inventing Essentials for Sustainable Living,” whose intent and spirit is shared across the OMV Group.

The Borealis Strategy 2030 affirms that sustainability forms the core of all its current and future operations. The sustainability targets stipulated in the strategy cover GHG emissions, energy use, flaring, and circular economy products and solutions for Borealis Polyolefins and Hydrocarbons businesses.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: Borealis aims to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from 5.1 million tons (base year 2019) to less than 2 million tons by 2030. The emission reduction portfolio includes increased use of electricity from renewable sources throughout the decade and carbon capture projects which will come on stream in the second half of this decade. The reduction target also includes the announced divestment of the Borealis nitrogen business, which comprises fertilizers, technical nitrogen, and melamine.

In 2021, around 25% of the electricity Borealis used in its own operations was derived from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. By 2025, the share of renewables in the electricity mix will increase to 40%. By 2030, 100% of the electricity used in its Polyolefins and Hydrocarbons operations shall be of renewable origin.

As per MRC, Borealis and Austria's leading energy company, VERBUND, are pleased to announce the installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) array at Borealis production location in Linz, Austria. The investment is in line with the Borealis aim to enhance the sustainability of its own operations while also supporting the Upper Austria Photovoltaic Strategy for 2030. Rooftop PV arrays are among the cleanest ways to generate renewable energy.

We remind, Borealis (Vienna), a leading producer of polyolefins, has delayed the start-up of a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at its existing production site at Kallo, Belgium, which is the company's biggest investment in Europe, until Q3 2023, citing Covid-19. The plant in Kallo in the port of Antwerp was previously targeted to begin operations by the end of next year.

QatarEnergy, CPChem award early site-works contract for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical project

QatarEnergy, CPChem award early site-works contract for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical project

MOSCOW (MRC) -- QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) have awarded the early site works contract for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical Project (RLPP) to Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), said Constructionweekonline.

The contract award marks the commencement of execution of the RLPP. CCC has secured a lump-sum contract to prepare the site for the new facility within Ras Laffan Industrial City. Early works on the project will begin in June, at the conclusion of which the EPC contract for the project is expected to be awarded.

Commenting on the contract awards, HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy said: “The award of this contract marks the start of the execution phase of RLPP, which is a major building block in QatarEnergy’s efforts to further expand and diversify its business portfolio and implement world-class downstream project."

According to the minister, the project will increase Qatar’s polyethylene output capacity by approximately 64%. The RLPP will feature a 2,080-kilo tonnes per annum (KTA) Ethane Cracking Unit making it the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world. The facility will also include two High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) units, which will significantly increase Qatar’s current polyethylene production capacity.

The project has completed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) in 2021 and is currently in the EPC tendering phase. When tendering is complete and a final investment decision has been made, the project will advance to the EPC phase. QatarEnergy said that the RLPP is expected to commence production in 2026.

As per MRC, QVC (Qatar Vinyl Company) has been given approval by Industries Qatar (IQ) and Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding (MPHC) to establish a new suspension polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) facility in Mesaieed Industrial City. The contract value of this project is USD239m. QVC is a joint venture between MPHC with a 55.2% stake, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) with a 31.9% stake and QatarEnergy with a 12.9% stake. The proposed capacity of the PVC plant will be 350,000 tonnes. It will be integrated with QVC’s existing facilities, from which it will source the feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).

SKC sells its profitable film business to Hahn & Co to focus on other businesses

SKC sells its profitable film business to Hahn & Co to focus on other businesses

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hahn & Co., the second-largest private equity firm in Korea, announced Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement, or a stock purchase agreement (SPA), to acquire a 100-percent stake in SKC's polyester (PET) film business for 1.6 trillion won (USD1.3 billion), said Koreatimes.

The acquisition is one of the largest deals in terms of the transaction price so far this year in Asia. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year, as SKC plans to hold a special shareholders' meeting in September to earn approval for the necessary split-off to divest the PET film business unit from the company. Hahn & Co.'s purchase includes SKC's film business, SKC Hi-tech & Marketing ? a subsidiary of SKC's film business ? as well as related overseas operations in the U.S. and China.

The PET film unit of SKC, which is the largest in Korea, has long been the company's core business. SKC developed PET film in Korea back in 1977 and grew in size to rank fourth in the world after succeeding in developing color videotapes in 1980, achieving a feat accomplished only by the U.S., Germany and Japan at the time. The film business operation's annual revenue totaled 1.13 trillion last year, while operating profit stood at 68.9 billion won.

With the deal, SKC aims to focus on transforming itself into a global ESG materials solution company, while Hahn & Co. continues its successful track record of revamping Korean companies into global leading companies through private equity acquisitions. Hahn & Co.'s purchase of SK Group's PET film business is the private equity firm's fourth acquisition deal conducted in Korea since the outbreak of the global pandemic in 2020.

"SK's PET business is a global leader with attractive opportunities for growth and expansion in untapped markets. This acquisition continues Hahn & Co.'s conviction that Korea is an attractive while overlooked market for acquisitions,"?Hahn Sang-Won, CEO of Hahn & Co., said.

Established in 2010 by founder and CEO Hahn Sang-won, Hahn & Co. has grown into one of the largest private equity firms operating in Korea. The firm currently manages the largest private equity capital raised to date for the Korea market. Companies controlled by the company generate revenues of approximately 16 trillion ($12.8 billion) along with assets of 39.6 trillion (USD31.6 billion) with over 30,000 employees in various industry sectors, ranging from transportation and industrial products to business services.

As per MRC, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. and SKC Co. have announced plans to terminate their Mitsui Chemicals & SKC Polyurethanes (MCNS) joint venture based in Seoul, South Korea. MCNS was established in 2015 to combine the polyurethane raw materials businesses of both Mitsui and SKC. MCNS has operations in both South Korea and Japan.