SABIC develops advanced PP catalyst

April 1 (adsalecprj) -- Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), the world's sixth largest petrochemical company, has developed a more advanced technology for the manufacture of polypropylene. This is a fourth generation catalyst which can be used in several vital applications, the most important of which are packaging, carpets, piping, and automotive parts.

This catalyst is a technological breakthrough, being the first of its kind developed in the Gulf and Middle East. Experiments conducted by SABIC at its plants Saudi Arabia and Europe confirm the catalyst's ability to provide impressive results, making it superior to other catalysts currently used in the same area. This discovery will contribute to increased productivity, enhanced quality and new product development. It opens many windows for possible future application.

The new catalyst has been applied commercially in the SABIC affiliate, Saudi European Petrochemical Company (IBN ZAHR), and has demonstrated superiority over the previously used catalyst. By using the catalyst, production reached nearly 30,000 tons of polypropylene as at end of March 2010. This quantity was sold to local and international markets.


MRC Reference

Sabic. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PE - 0.2%;
PP - 0.4%;
PS - 0.2%.

Annual sales growth in Russia over the last 5 years:
PE - 33%;
PP - 62%.

Mitsui Chemicals resumed ethylene plant operations near Tokyo

March 31 (yarnsandfibers) -- Mitsui Chemicals Inc. said Friday that it resumed operations at its ethylene plant near Tokyo earlier in the day after a temporary suspension for maintenance.

The Japanese chemical maker said the plant's operations are now back to normal.

The company suspended operations at the plant earlier this month to repair the facility's heat converter. The plant is capable of producing 553,000 metric tons of ethylene per year.


Celanese announces emulsions price increases in Asia

March 31 (adsalecprj) -- Celanese Corporation, a global chemical company and specialist in emulsion polymers, announced yesterday (March 30) that it will increase the price of all VAE (vinyl acetate ethylene copolymer) emulsions sold in Asia, effective April 6, 2010, or as contracts allow.

All VAE emulsions will increase US$80 per ton. This increase affects all applications including, but not limited to, adhesives, paints and coatings, paper, nonwovens and textiles.


Formosa Plastics fined for chemicals spill

March 31 (prw) The Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan's leading petrochemical conglomerate, is facing fines of around GBP220,000 for polluting the groundwater at its Jenwu plant in Kaohsiung County.

Earlier this month the company had said that the contamination was under control, but subsequent tests revealed the presence carcinogens, including vinyl-chloride monomers and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, at rates in excess of official limits.

Environmental Protection Administration minister Stephen Shen said that any failure to clean up the chemical spill would result in a temporary closure of the facility and that the size of the fine will reflect Formosa Plastics' failure to act on the leak. The company only acknowledged the problem, which was first identified in 2006, after it became known to the administration, explained Shen.

Formosa Plastics blamed the leak on earthquakes, which cracked waste water tanks. These have been replaced by a steel collection system, said the company, which is offering free health checks to local residents.


MRC Reference


The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PVC-S - 3.0%;

PP - 0.4%.

Annual growth sales in Russia :
PVC - 79 % (over the last year) ;

PP - 272 % (over the last 3 years).

Supply by processing technologies:
profile extrusion

film extrusion

Poland's ERG is on the acquisition trail

March 31 (prw) -- Polish injection moulder and packaging film producer ERG Capital Group is planning to expand its operations through a series of acquisitions over the next four years.

The old established firm, based in Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland, is reported already to be in negotiations with two other chemical companies and is expected to reveal whether it intends to purchase either or both in a matter of weeks. The company has not identified its potential targets.

Located near the southern Polish city of Katowice, ERG manufactures a range of shrink and stretch packaging films, plastic bags and adhesive tapes, as well as injection moulded crates, buckets, bins and battery cases.

The plastics converter is already undertaking due diligence in another potential acquisition, that of the Research & Development Centre of the Oil Refining Industry in the industrial Polish city of Plock, ERG's president Maciej Blasiak is reported to have said.

ERG shareholders agreed on 5 March to authorise the company to increase its nominal capital to more than ┬3 million by 1 March 2013. The group also operates Bioerg, a biodegradable packaging business that produces compostable plastics material and bags which was set up in 2007.