Trinseo, Total SA, Versalis and Ineos Styrolution have formed Styrenics Circular Solutions, a new coalition that will take a technological approach to creating a circular styrenics economy. "Game-changing technologies will enable polystyrene, [expanded PS] and other styrenics-based plastics to be fully recycled so that they can be used again ... in high-quality applications, ultimately also for food contact," the group said.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed changes to the New Source Review policy will only apply to power plants and not other sectors, says Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum. The changes would give the power sector more flexibility in air pollution permitting.
Oxiteno's $200 million Pasadena, Texas, plant opened earlier this year to bring the Brazilian company closer to its American customers. Oxiteno hopes that rising US demand for surfactants and specialty chemicals will help it continue its upward trajectory.
Chemical companies such as BASF and Nova Chemicals use training software and management processes to ensure vital knowledge is transferred from skilled employees to new hires and executives. Nova uses ShadowBox software and simulator training to teach employees how to make better decisions.
With over 350,000 buildings, the federal government expends more energy than anyone else in the US, and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy plans to examine how to make those facilities more energy-efficient. Public-private partnerships could allow the government to simultaneously reduce costs and improve energy efficiency without straining taxpayers, says Energy Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.
Over the next three years, Lanxess intends to spend roughly $227.2 million to expand its flame retardant additives business. The investment will help the company capitalize on its 2017 Chemtura acquisition, said Karsten Job, head of Lanxess' Polymer Additives Business.
The US exported a record-breaking 441,232.1 metric tons of polyethylene in October, up 70.9% year over year, according to the US International Trade Commission. PE capacity in the US rose 19.7% between January 2017 and the end of the third quarter of 2018, says ACC.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to halt their trade dispute, potentially resulting in a deal that would benefit both countries' chemical industries and other sectors. Currently, $10.8 billion of US chemical exports and $22 billion of Chinese chemical exports are subject to tariffs.
Chemical output in the US is expected to grow 3.6% in 2019, up from 3.1% in 2018, due in part to low unemployment, an attractive investment environment and the shale boom, says the American Chemistry Council. Executive Martha Moore notes the US has seen $202 billion in chemical investments since 2010.
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