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Brazil's processed plastics industry losing ground to imports

November 26, 2012
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
November 26, 2012
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

November 19, 2012
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

November 16, 2012
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

November 12, 2012
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

November 12, 2012
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

November 5, 2012
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

October 29, 2012
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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Chinese city halts petrochemical plant expansion following protests

October 29, 2012
NINGBO, China — Officials in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo halted plans to expand a China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. plant after hundreds of residents gathered in protest
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Technip awarded FEED contract for Dow’s new ethylene plant

October 29, 2012
FREEPORT, Texas — Dow chemical has awarded engineering firm Technip a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for its new ethylene production plant to be located in Freeport, Texas.
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