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Mexichem to expand German specialty PVC plant

Vestolit will build a new production line with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons of paste (emulsion) PVC. The line will combine the established leading polymerization technology with a newly-developed, energy-efficient, drying technology.

Study: US plastics jobs to rise 20% within decade

"The Rising Competitive Advantage of US Plastics" study found that the shale gas production surge has reversed the fortunes of the plastics industry, shifting the competitive advantage to the US, where producers mostly use raw materials derived from natural gas.

Jacobs wins work on Huntsman’s polyetheramine expansion in Singapore

The Jurong Island facility expansion is expected to enable backward integration to produce polyethers from locally-sourced feedstocks, according to Huntsman officials.

A Schulman to relocate European services center from Belgium to Poland

Plans call for this phased relocation to be completed by May 2016.

Maximize energy recovery with small steam turbines

Energent: Kaupert, K.
Energent Corp.: Krull, R.  |  Iles, R.

Using smaller turbines (50 kW to 300 kW) can aid system efficiency and help conserve energy. We investigate examples in which the application of smaller steam turbines provided return on investment within two years.

Shintech commits to new US Gulf ethane cracker, contracts Toyo, CB&I

The new facility will use the licensed ethylene technology by Lummus Technology. The produced ethylene will be supplied as feedstock to Shintech’s existing PVC resin production facilities.

Braskem, Odebrecht put US ethane cracker plans on hold, citing markets

In a joint statement, Braskem and Odebrecht confirmed to media outlets that the delay is necessary due to present energy market conditions.

Reliance commissions new India PET, PTA plants

The two plants are forward integrated in the same Reliance complex to decrease costs and capture full chain margins.

Study: US demand for engineering plastics to rise steadily through 2019

Replacement of metal parts with engineering plastics will continue to drive growth, as will new technological advancements that allow engineering plastics to penetrate new applications.

Shell completes ethylene unit upgrade, expansion at Singapore complex

Royal Dutch Shell has completed a revamp of its Singapore ethane cracker. The olefins unit is part of Shell’s integrated refinery and petrochemical complex.