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Asian chemical industry surge benefits acetic acid market

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With new capacity coming online in the forecast period, China should continue to be the engine of global acetic acid growth over the next few years.
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European small businesses lack awareness of REACH

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UK manufacturers' organization EEF is urging European producers to get to grips with REACH, a European Directive banning certain chemicals, warning that if they fail to comply they will face huge fines or even prison.
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Chinese authorities waited five days to report dangerous chemical spill

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Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi have apologized for waiting nearly a week to report a massive chemical spill into a major waterway.
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EU chemicals industry faces gloomy 2013

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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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