Celanese Corporation increase the price of all grades of Ateva EVA

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company and a North American leader in Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) polymers, announced today that its subsidiary, Celanese EVA Performance Polymers Inc., will increase the price of all grades of Ateva EVA by USD 0.06/pound and all grades of LDPE by USD 0.05/pound effective May 1, 2011, or as contracts allow.

This price increase is in addition to the previously announced April 15, 2011, increase of USD 0.08/pound for all Ateva EVAs and USD 0.06/pound on all LDPEs.

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of specialty materials and chemical products which are used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company employs approximately 7,250 employees worldwide and had 2010 net sales of USD 5.9 billion, with approximately 72% generated outside of North America.


Silgan Holdings to acquire Graham Packaging Company

(PlasticsToday) -- It's a packaging merger for the ages as Silgan Holdings Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Graham Packaging Company Inc., one of the world's 3 largest blowmolders of plastics packaging. Silgan controls about 50% of the North American metal food container market, and also makes composite, glass and plastics packaging.

Silgan is headquartered in Stamford, CT and operates 83 facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Graham Packaging operates almost 100 facilities in the same regions, processing polypropylene, polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate.

The combined company will have annual sales exceeding USD 6.2 billion, with more than 17,000 employees at 180 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. The purchase will make Silgan a world leader in food and specialty beverage packaging, with combined revenues of approximately USD 4.6 billion in that space.


Dow Chemical recognized for its excellence in energy efficiency

(Dow) -- The Dow Chemical Company, a leader in energy conservation, has been recognized for its excellence in energy efficiency by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE awarded two Superior Energy Performance certifications to the Company for achievements in energy efficiency at its Texas City Operations facility.

The Superior Energy Performance program is a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited energy management certification program designed to help industrial facilities drive continual energy efficiency achievements while maintaining competitiveness. The project was developed by the DOE with support from the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM).


Lummus Technology was awarded a contract from Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries

(Plastemart) -- Lummus Technology, a CB&I company, has been awarded a contract from Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Inc. LLP (KPI) for the license and basic engineering of a propane dehydrogenation unit and a polypropylene plant. The two units, each with a design capacity of 500 KTa are planned as part of KPI's gas processing complex to be built in the western Atyrau region.

The propane dehydrogenation unit will make use of the CATOFIN technology for conversion of propane to propylene. The polypropylene plant will use the Novolen advanced gas-phase polypropylene technology, which will enable KPI to produce a broad range of polypropylene products to meet the needs of both local and export markets. Both technologies provide high reliability and easy operability.


SIBUR acquires a 26.3% stake in Cherepovets Azot

(SIBUR) -- SIBUR has reached an agreement for the acquisition of a 26.3% stake in the company Cherepovets "Azot" from a group of investors. The acquisition is aimed at improving the current capitalization of SIBUR business with respect to the production of mineral fertilizers. The company's strategy to phase out the non-core lines of the business through their sale or merger with other producers of nitrogen fertilizer has not been changed. The deal is expected to be concluded following the approval from the appropriate regulatory authorities.