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China?s cumulative imports through May remain under 2009

The strain is beginning to show on China?s plastics imports amid an admitted slowdown in economic growth. Cumulative imports through May 2012 reached a figure of 6.255 mln tons, as per ChemOrbis, below cumulative imports as of May 2011, 2010 and 2009. In May 2009, the cumulative figure had been at 6.956 mln tons.

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Latin American naphtha cracker projects suspended amid increased shale gas production in USA

New naphtha crackers planned to be constructed in Latin American countries have been either put on hold or being reviewed due to increased shale gas production in the US, which has attracted investments in new ethylene projects and increased the competitiveness of the US. ExxonMobil Chemical, Dow Chemical, Shell, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Formosa Plastics are among the companies that are setting up new naphtha cracking projects in the US

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Critical components in oilfield engineering with polymers

There is a growing importance and criticality to the oil and gas production industry of applications that use polymeric materials. Current issues include: exposure to supercritical CO2, operating in extreme environments (arctic conditions, HPHT, sour fluids), the increasing use of composite materials, development of new materials, qualification testing, long-term reliability and the establishment of global standards.

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Green Chemistry for Polymers

In the long-term industry will have to find substitutes for fossil fuels as supplies diminish and costs rise: so what is a sustainable resource for synthesis of conventional plastics? At Green Polymer Chemistry 2012 in Cologne, Germany, AMI brought together experts from agriculture, chemical engineering, biotechnology, the polymer industry and sustainability managers from brand owners and the automotive sector to hear all the angles on this topic. LMC International studies the agricultural including sugar, grains and oilseeds

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Rise in China’s plastics consumption in 2012 insufficient to melt regional supply glut

China’s consumption of plastic could grow by up to 7% in 2012 after stalling in 2011, but the rebound will not be enough to melt a regional supply glut that will curb the output of plastic manufacturers and pressure the petrochemical market, as per Reuters. Weak traditional export markets and Bejing’s steps to cool economic growth are still hitting sales. As a result, Asian plastic exporters face possibility of scaling back production further this year, in turn cutting demand for naphtha.

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Advanced solutions for the raffia or woven plastics flexible packaging industry

From its 150,000 m2 machine building facilities in Kanpur, India, Lohia Starlinger Ltd. has been providing advanced solutions to the raffia or woven plastics flexible packaging industry around the world for over 3 decades.

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Certification to produce fda-compliant, biocompatible resins for SABIC plants in Brazil and Argentina

SABICÂ’s Innovative Plastics business today announced that its manufacturing facilities in Campinas, Brazil and Tortuguitas, Argentina, are now certified to produce U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-compliant and biocompatible resins for the fast-growing South American healthcare market to help slash lead times, reduce inventory costs and increase flexibility in material purchasing

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Green Polymer Chemistry

The term Green Polymer Chemistry is being used here to describe the production of established thermoplastics and elastomers from renewable sources, including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamide (PA), epoxy resin and polyurethane. The by-word in all types of industry these days is “sustainability” as we all work to find ways to conserve the earth’s resources for future generations and reduce the harmful effects of climate change. In the plastics and rubber markets this will mean moving away from fossil fuels as sources of basic chemicals and moving to renewable sources like plants, waste products and waste gases.

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China?s total polymer imports retreat in September

According to the recent data released by the Chinese Customs Agency, ChinaÂ’s total plastics imports posted a monthly drop in September 2011, falling from the 1.51 mln tons in August to 1.41 mln tons in September, as per ChemOrbis. On a year over year basis, however, total plastics imports in September were higher compared to the same month of 2010. Apart from the main exporters including South Korea (274,973 tons), Saudi Arabia (189,006 tons) and Taiwan (164,479 tons), Thailand (94,790 tons), the US (89,822 tons) and Iran (88,793 tons) were the top three polymer exporters to China in September 2011, with all of these countries, except for the US, reducing their total export volumes to China compared to August.

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Increase in global polyolefin consumption will continue to be driven by novel applications

Polyolefins represent almost two-thirds of the major commodity thermoplastics used worldwide, and have numerous applications ranging from automotive parts to carpet fibers, household and food containers, toys, stretch film/shrink film, diapers and trash bags. The global polyolefin market is changing dramatically in response to the quickly advancing industrialization process in emerging markets, as well as improvements in global communications and trade liberalization. According to the CMAI analysis, increases in consumption will continue to be driven by novel applications where plastics can deliver cost advantages, performance enhancements, or both.

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