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Chemical industry facing pressure for added tax burden to fund site remediation work

Jul 5, 2021

Petrochemical companies grouped under guild association American Chemistry Council oppose plans for a reinstatement in fiscal 2022 of Superfund chemical excise taxes that may bring back levies unseen in a quarter century saying that the added tax burden may...

Mexico’s Orbia and Alpek see surging revenue and volume; Pemex chemical output falls

May 23, 2021

Mexico’s biggest private petrochemical producers Alpek and Orbia have seen surging revenue so far in 2021 while state oil company Pemex continued to see its petrochemical production decline.

Polyurethanes, packaging demand helps Dow post double-digit sales growth

May 10, 2021

Dow, one of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies, saw during the first quarter strong demand for most products particularly those for packaging materials like polyethylene as well as for polyurethanes used in cushioning for auto seats or bedding.

U.S. ethanol production hit hard by mid-February freezing as it recovers from 2020

Apr 6, 2021

Freezing weather that in mid-February extended across the U.S. and impacted petrochemical and refining operations in the Gulf Cost also disrupted ethanol output in the Midwest, according to a late March report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Braskem anticipates strong, healthy spreads for North American resins in 2021

Mar 24, 2021

Resins producers are seeing their best short-term demand outlook in years particularly after the February winter freeze in Texas and Louisiana, according to officials at Braskem, which owns resin manufacturing facilities in its home country Brazil and other...