Supply Chain & Logistics

Petrochemicals used to make medical devices see price hikes as coronavirus spreads

Mar 23, 2020

Demand for these intermediate chemicals is pulled by companies that produce finished products, which in turn face such a high number of orders that distributors were told they would remain unattended due to the urgent need to directly supply the healthcare...

Petrochemical plants work to assure continuity amid logistic, workforce challenges

Mar 23, 2020

Petrochemical plants have set up emergency response teams and readied special Covid-19 staffing plans while implementing remote working where possible, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association.

Pemex, Braskem escalate dispute over ethane contract

Mar 10, 2020

Braskem weighs its options after its ethylene and polyethylene Mexican subsidiary Braskem-Idesa didn't receive agreed ethane volumes nor compensation from Pemex. Mexico replied it is investigating the contract.

Northeast petrochemical hub plans draw incentives but also opposition

Mar 10, 2020

Supporters of a new petrochemical hub in the Northeast appear just as determined as those opposing it due to environmental concerns.

Chemical shippers face puzzling trucking market in 2020

Feb 26, 2020

Experts at FreightWaves, which supplies North American freight market participants with analytics, have found that spot prices as of early 2020 have considerably eased since the middle of 2019.

Resin prices see January rise but Covid-19 clouds outlook

Feb 26, 2020

Demand worldwide for North American resins would be threatened if the Covid-19 virus spread were to turn into a pandemic.

Chemical margins tighten more as markets try to ‘digest’ new output

Jan 28, 2020

New U.S. Gulf Coast ethylene and polyethylene production continued to tighten chemical margins in the fourth quarter, ExxonMobil said. ChevronPhillips top official sees markets absorbing demand and making room for more.

Wave of plastic bag bans expands across Americas in 2020

Jan 15, 2020

A wave of bans on plastic bags, and sometimes on plastic straws, has greatly expanded in 2020 when legislation will slash millions of dollars worth of resin sold and dent industry employment.

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