Supply Chain & Logistics

North American polypropylene market to see two startups, challenged demand in 2022

Jun 7, 2022

North American polypropylene producers won´t see this year a repeat of 2021, when stronger-than-expected demand as the pandemic eased after vaccines met extreme supply tightness. This year is different not just because of startups in Louisiana and Canada that...

Shell´s traders help company´s first quarter 2022 profit by finding opportunities amid highly volatile period

May 24, 2022

Shell, which plans to reduce refineries down to five “parks” with integrated renewables and chemical production, has been successfully using trading to offer LNG and other products in global markets and turn volatility into profit as it makes efforts to help...

North America, Argentina, Brazil seen well positioned as 2022 fertilizer scarcity may turn to 2023 food shortages

May 8, 2022

Fertilizer demand will remain strong as farmers across the world race to get nutrients for their corn, sugar, wheat and other crops, with pending decisions in China expected by mid-year on whether to resume exports playing a key role in the uncertainty over...

Dow sees turnarounds supporting polyethylene price increases back to October peaks

Apr 24, 2022

Dow, the Michigan-based leading petrochemical producer, wants price increases for its polyethylene resin in both April and May that if buyers accept would not just help pay costly turnarounds but also take prices back to the October peaks territory.

Petrochemical producer Westlake expands downstream by adding construction, lightweight materials businesses

Apr 11, 2022

Westlake, a Houston-based chemical producer, has turned into also a large construction and lightweight materials supplier with nationwide presence and dozens of PVC and other specialty products offerings through multiple brand names. Its North American reach...

U.S., France to seek global accords on plastic but environmentalists wary about “non-binding commitments”

Feb 22, 2022

The governments of France and the U.S. announced on Feb. 11, 2022 that they have decided to start work together to seek international accords to reduce plastic waste so that it won´t end up in rivers and oceans.

North America to see 4 million tonnes of new polyethylene production in 2022, half of it for export

Feb 7, 2022

North America will see in 2022 startups of new annual production capacity for nearly four million tonnes of polyethylene, the plastic resin most commonly seen shaped as grocery bags or milk jugs that has multiple packaging applications.

U.S. construction material prices and contractor bid proposals on the rise in 2022

Feb 7, 2022

Any new project decisions in 2022 will be evaluated in an environment of ongoing material price increases and supply disruption that has alredy pushed some contractors to propose higher bids with longer completion times.

Chemical producers warn New York State against prohibiting some flame retardants in household goods

Jan 11, 2022

The North American Flame Retardant Alliance of the American Chemistry Council warned New Yorkers on Jan. 3, 2022 that if they impose a ban on the sale of some household goods with added fire retardants they “could potentially put residents and business at...