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European Benzene

Europe benzene poised for April increase but outlook uncertain
24 March 2015 11:43 Source:ICIS News

Focus Article by Truong Mellor

Price riseLONDON (ICIS)–Higher US pricing and steady exports out of the region this month have helped push European benzene spot numbers higher,

New Home Sales Jump

New-home sales jump to 539,000 rate in February, highest in 7 years




BASF Force Majeure on Monomeric MDI

March 23, 2015 BASF_dblue160

Dear Valued Customer,

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control with respect to the manufacture of

MDI at BASF’s plant in Louisiana,

MDI Prices Fall in Middle East

Mideast PMDI prices decline on ample supply from Europe
20 March 2015 06:11 Source:ICIS News

price fallSINGAPORE (ICIS)–Spot polymeric methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (PMDI) import prices in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and East Mediterranean (East Med) markets fell during the week,

BASF Chooses Freeport for Propylene Investment

German chemical giant to build another Freeport plant
Mar 19, 2015, 11:21am CDT Updated: Mar 19, 2015, 12:23pm CDT


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Chris Witte is site manager of BASF's Freeport plant in Texas,

Sika Acquisition

Sika to Acquire Axson Technologies, an Epoxy and PUR Polymer Formulator

Sika_logoSpecialChem / Mar 18, 2015 Sika has agreed to acquire Axson Technologies.

Trade Economics

US ports: Gridlock on the waterfront

Robert Wright


Unless terminals modernise, American importers and exporters face higher costs than their rivals

Ships gather off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California February 6, 2015 in this aerial image. The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers' union on February 4, 2015, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock. Picture taken February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bob Riha Jr (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT MARITIME BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTR4OPTD©Reuters

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

The MSC Renée,

Housing Starts Fall in February

Housing starts drop in Feb, setback likely temporary

A worker talks on a mobile phone while it snows during construction of a residential building in New York.
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A worker talks on a mobile phone while it snows during construction of a residential building in New York.