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Braskem-Idesa´s mid-2022 production hit by power, ethane supply problems

Aug 21, 2022

The Braskem-Idesa ethane cracker and polyethylene plant in the Mexican state of Veracruz saw lower production and sales in the second quarter 2022 due to energy problems as well as lower-than-expected ethane shipments from Pemex.

Bolivians, Mexicans team up to produce affordable EVs with Bolivian lithium

Aug 9, 2022

Bolivian and Mexican entrepreneurs plan to produce in Mexico for the Mexican market the Quantum model, a small EV vehicle designed in Bolivia with a 31-mile driving range between charges already sold in Latin America and starting to circulate the region´s...

U.S. government and refiners hold talks over causes for higher-than-anticipated fuel prices

Jul 5, 2022

Members of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) as well as the American Petroleum Institute (API) met with U.S. government officials in Washington to discuss fuel markets after gasoline prices spiked in early June to levels higher than...

U.S. average gasoline prices reach $4.85 per gallon in early June, more than anticipated

Jun 7, 2022

U.S. gasoline prices surged in early June 2022 from a week earlier by over a quarter of a dollar during a spring holiday known as Memorial Weekend that took the average fuel pump reading nationwide to about $4.85 per gallon, with drivers in several states...

Silicones prices rise due to higher production costs and amid higher demand including from EVs makers

Apr 24, 2022

Some of the top global silicones manufacturers will increase prices in May to reflect a combination of rising costs including that for the silica metal raw material as well as energy, with strong demand from many areas, including EVs manufacturers.

Braskem set to start construction of $420-million ethane import terminal in Mexico´s biggest private investment project

Mar 21, 2022

Brazil-based Braskem, which owns a cracker and polyethylene plant in Mexico that started up over five years ago but has yet to run at full capacity, plans to begin in the second half of 2022 works contemplated for the past four years to build a $420-million...

Brazilian group sees 2021 windfall from U.S. plastic resin sales

Nov 23, 2021

Braskem, which had 64% of the Brazilian petrochemical market in the third quarter 2021, an ethylene/polyethylene plant in Mexico and assets acquired over the last decade that make it North America’s biggest polypropylene producer, saw in July-Sept. 2021 its...