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BASF to close Styropor plant at Tarragona; and more

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Plant Watch PET resin capacity expands in Saudi Arabia June 15, 2009 — Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH (Berlin, Germany) has entered into a contract with the Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) to provide the technology license and the basic engineering for the second PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin expansion of its manufacturing affiliate, Arabian Industrial Fiber Co. (Ibn Rushd) at its site in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The plant will have a capacity of 420,000 ton/yr. BASF to close Styropor plant at Tarragona June 12, 2009 — BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will shut down the Styropor plant (EPS, expandable polystyrene) at its site in Tarragona, Spain. The closure is scheduled for August 2009. The Styropor plant has become uneconomical due to its relatively small production capacity, which has resulted in an unfavorable cost-structure. Uhde wins major polymer contract in Qatar June 8, 2009 — Qatar Petrochemical Co. (QAPCO), a subsidiary of Industries Qatar and Total Petrochemicals of France has awarded Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany) a contract to build a 300,000 metric ton per year (m.t./yr) low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant within the scope of its LDPE-3 project. The plant will be based on the Lupotech T technology…
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