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EU chemicals industry faces gloomy 2013

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has made a downward revision of its projection for Europe's chemicals output in 2012, the organization has announced.
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South Africa's chemical industry reports on responsible care

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South Africa''s chemical industry has moved forward towards its goal to ensure sustainability, the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) announced in its annual "Responsible Care Report."
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Brazil's processed plastics industry losing ground to imports

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazil is seeing a growing domestic demand for plastics, but the industry there is finding it impossible to meet the increase.
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European butadiene market strong thanks to US shale gas

Feedstock for polymer resins typically not derived from natural gas
Despite waning local demand, European butadiene markets remain strong thanks to overseas export demand, according to GBI Research. Increased U.S. use of shale gas as an energy source is leading to a shortage of locally produced petrochemicals, boding well for the European butadiene market.
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Fire erupts at Texas chemical plant, workers escape unharmed

GARLAND, Texas — A fire erupted Friday afternoon at a chemical plant near Dallas, ABC News reported. The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at the Nexeo Solutions plant in
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Digital valve controller helps Chinese chemical plant save $40,000 in repairs and downtime

After Emerson Process Management replaced existing valve positioners in the Shanghai Ethylene Cracker Complex (SECCO) with Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200f digital valve controllers, the SECCO plant gained better control, production
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BASF to open new emulsion polymers plant in Freeport, Texas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BASF will build a new a new production plant for emulsion polymers at its integrated "Verbund" site in Freeport, Texas, the company announced today. The new
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US chemical production flat in September, American Chemistry Council says

WASHINGTON — U.S. chemical production was flat in September, following no growth in August, according to the American Chemistry Council''s U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI). Compared to
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Oxea studies plant expansion projects in Bay City, Texas

OBERHAUSEN, Germany — Following the successful capacity increase of its syngas production facility in Bay City, Texas, chemical company Oxea is in the process of completing a feasibility study
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Massive fire engulfs Pakistani factory

KARACHI, Pakistan — Firefighters spent more than 30 hours controlling a fire that erupted in the chemical warehouse of a plastic bag-manufacturing factory in Karachi, Pakistan, late Saturday night,
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