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By Luke Hutson
<br><br>
New screening project to identify potential polymers.
<br><br>
18 September 2006 – Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US are to
<br><br>
Led by associate professor J. Carson Meredith, the project will exploit a novel screening a
<br><br>
"Current membranes on the market are costly because they're made out of fluorinated m
<br><br>
Durability is also a problem for proton exchange membranes (PEM), the type used in aut
<br><br>
In a departure from traditional membrane development, the screening process involves
<br><br>
The mixing sequence of the polymers and the speed of stirring are factors that will also a
<br><br>
"Feeding the right polymers and parameters is like looking for a needle in a haystack," s
<br><br>
Combinatorial methods have been employed in drug research before, but this is the first
<br><br>
However, Meredith emphasises that combinatorial methods do not replace traditional in-
<br><br>
With funding from the US Department of Energy, the project has the University of Hawai

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membranes
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for fuel cells

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By John Whitehead
<br><br>
18 September 2006 – Ownership of Vestolit, the 400,000tpa PVC manufacturer based at
<br><br>
The new owners plan to commit more than €100m over the next three years to expand t
<br><br>
The deal has been welcomed by Vestolit ceo Dr Arno Knebelkamp who says the company
<br><br>
Strategic Value Partners holds investments valued at $3.5bn and employs 90 people. Th

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Oil prices

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10 Oil prices dip by almost 9/22/2006


two dollars

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expansion

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By Naushad K Cherrayil, Staff <BR>Reporter


<BR><BR><BR>

Dubai: Fujitsu Siemens Computers has predicted during its Middle East mobility tour that
<BR><BR>
Addressing a key meeting held in Dubai, Louis Jouanny, Head of Mobility Domain for EME
<BR><BR>
Risks<BR><BR>

However, he cautioned that enterprises should not only look at the benefits of mobilisati
<BR><BR>
"The risk for businesses lies not in adopting new mobile technologies, but rather in attem
<BR><BR>
"Pragmatism and security are the cornerstones of Fujitsu Siemens Computers' mobility s
<BR><BR>
Fujitsu Siemens is uniquely positioned to provide regional enterprises with strategic guid
<BR><BR>
"For Gulf enterprises, UMTS is pushing forward a significant change in business cycles an

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM :Not surprisingly, Europe's largest organization of plastics converte

The Brussels-based European Plastics Converters organization said Oct. 1 that the decisi

"A lot of damage has been done to this industry by cheap imports over a long period," sa

EuPC said the bag industry and related suppliers employ 50,000 people in Europe, and it

EC's September 29 decision put tariffs from 4.8-28.8 percent on bags from China and 5.1
<br><br>
European retailers had criticized the EC decision, saying lower raw material costs in Asia
<br><br><br>

PLASTICS NEWS<br> CORRESPONDENT<br><br>


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The rapidly growing demand for polycarbonate (PC) in China is driving chemical compan
<br><br>
Forecasting that the Greater China consumption of PC is growing at around 18% a year f
<br><br>
Teijin Group from Japan is also adding another 50,000-ton capacity to its 50,000-ton PC f
<br><br>
This June, GE Plastics signed an agreement with PetroChina to jointly set up a 140,000-to
<br><br>
At the same time, domestic Chinese chemical companies are also in the race for a great
<br><br>
<b>Demand rises as PC gets more widespread<br><br></b>

Consequently, it is estimated that China 's PC capacity will grow by up to 15% per annum
<br><br>
In the construction industry, for instance, PC - in the form of board - has been widely use
<br><br>
Makrolon PC boards' low inherent weight, which is 15 times lighter than glass, offers con
<br><br>
<b>New grades open up growth potential<br><br></b>

In the electronic and electrical appliances industry, a field which sees the greatest growt
<br><br>
PC has been a favorite choice for keypads, housings and other wear parts of such electro

GE's Lexan DMX resins, unlike ordinary PC, provide improved surface hardness, thereby
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To meet the increased global demand of newer technology oriented ophthalmic products

This versatile, optically clear polyurethane can be used to produce parts that have very l

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elastomer offers clear and hard ophthalmic products

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Ethylene capacity in Asia is set to climb 11% to 28 million tons in 2007.


Shell, Europe 's largest oil company commissioned a US$4.3 billion petrochemical compl
Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest investor-owned oil company, may be building a second
Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, plans to build US$3.5 billion refining and
Early in 2007, Taiwan 's Formosa Petrochemical Corp. will also be opening its largest pla
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. and PetroChina Co., the country's biggest oil compa
South Korea's SK Corp. has restarted its 650,000 ton cracker and Japan 's Idemitsu Kosan
<br><br>
The planned expansion of Middle Eastern petrochemical production - he region's largest
Nexant projects that approximately 19 million tons of ethylene capacity will be added in
Some crackers in Qatar, Iran, Oman and Egypt are being based on ethane extracted fro
Increased use of alternative feedstocks (propane and/or butanes), especially in Saudi Ar
Local private sector participation is increasing at the expense of state-owned companies
New industrial sites are being developed in countries such as Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Iran
Major focus on specialties, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
<br><br>
The export buildup from the Middle East would most likely remain targeted towards Asia

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The plan to set fixed prices, which was ratified by the parliament last year amid grave co

Status Quo Iran's geo-strategic position and network of pipelines make it a key player in
putting oil money on people's table, but the momentum has been
slow even after a year in office. <br><br>
This is not to discount the government's other achievements
during the same period.
Gasoline supply poses a huge challenge to the government,
which is considering gasoline rationing by introducing a smart
card system alongside plans to boost gasoline production
capacity. <br><br>
Is it rational for a nation that has the world's second
biggest proven oil reserves to ration gasoline for domestic
consumption?

Refining Deficit
Experts are of the opinion that the National Iranian Oil
Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC), which is an
affiliate of Oil Ministry, has no choice but to ration
gasoline, as imports consume huge amounts of state revenues.
NIORDC, established in 1992, is in charge of performing all
the operations related to refining crude oil and distributing
oil products. It has 90 years of experiences in the fields of
refining and distributing oil products, as well as engineering
and construction of oil installations.
Iran's oil refineries are located in Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan,
Abadan, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Bandar Abbas, Arak and Lavan
Island. <br><br>
The country has 14,000 kilometers of crude oil and oil product
pipelines, 150 pumping stations, an efficient oil industry
telecom network and vast operational areas for NIORDC, as well
as storage tank installations with a combined capacity of 8
billion liters.
Despite such huge potentials, the country regularly withdraws
money from the Foreign Exchange Reserve Account, wherein
surplus oil revenues are deposited.
Since Iran's oil refining capacity is insufficient to meet
domestic demand, the government has no alternative but to
import gasoline. <br><br>
The parliament recently authorized the government to withdraw
money from the reserve account for importing gasoline.
Reducing Demand
Under the circumstances, it is essential to gradually reduce
domestic consumption and boost gasoline production. Combating
fuel smuggling, manufacturing bifuel cars that run on both gas
and gasoline and improving public transportation networks are
other measures for reducing gasoline imports.
Any decision to raise gasoline price will increase pressure on
the low-paid and vulnerable sections of the society.
Some officials have been pressing for a gasoline price hike
and elimination of fuel subsidies while others favor two-tier
prices coupled with rationing. <br><br>
Nevertheless, the government has expressed its determination
to resolve the challenges posed by high gasoline consumption
without exacerbating inflation.
Oil industry officials maintain that Iran will overcome
gasoline shortage within the next five years by increasing
refining capacity and achieving self-sufficiency in gasoline
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Rationing is a tough task for the government, because of its
adverse consequences such as corruption, higher inflation and
increase in the prices of basic goods and services.
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The Plastic, Printing & Packaging Pakistan is an event that brings together three related

The success of the last event, "Plastic Printing & Packaging Pakistan 2006," proves beyo

4th International Plastic, Printing & Packaging Exhibition 2007 <br>

EXPO CENTRE ;KARACHI<br><br><br>

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###PAKISTAN - POWER OF INTEGRAL SECTORS
On Tuesday, November 14, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, GE Plastics will host a
Webcast to announce two major company milestones. The first is the
launch of Extem* thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin, a totally new
amorphous polymer technology that offers new levels of performance in
the most demanding end-use environments. The second is a major
expansion of the GE's Ultem* polyetherimide (PEI) resin family at both
its Mt. Vernon, Ind., and Cartagena, Spain, manufacturing facilities.<br><br>

Webcast presenters will include, Brian Herington, General Manager,


High Performance Polymers, and Robert (Rob) Costella, Global Product
Manager, High Performance Polymers.<br><br>

The Webcast will Cover…<br>


. The history behind the development of Extem resin, the first truly
new polymer in almost two decades.<br><br>
. Extem resin's ability to provide superior performance, while
eliminating the drawbacks of semi-crystalline materials, imidized
thermosets, and competitive amorphous thermoplastics.<br><br>
. How this new resin family delivers a powerful combination of melt
processability and ultra-high thermal, chemical, and mechanical
properties to meet industry demand for easy-to-produce parts that
withstand ever-higher temperatures and harsh chemical environments,
and yet remain stiff and dimensionally stable.<br><br>
. Extem resin's inherent flame-retardant properties without the use of
halogenated additives that<br><br>

And…<br>
. GE Plastics' $250 million expansion of its Cartagena, Spain
facility, which, when it opens in 2008, will add 30% more Ultem resin
capacity worldwide.<br><br>
. The company's $30 million investment in new equipment and technology
at Mt. Vernon, to boost U.S. Ultem and Siltem resin production by 12%
and cut manufacturing lead times to one week.<br><br>
. How GE's Cartagena and Mt. Vernon plants will be equipped to
manufacture the newest in cutting-edge Ultem resin grades and advanced
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Asian prices of naphtha, an oil-based raw material for plastics, may end a four-month de

The price difference between naphtha and Brent crude may remain at current levels for

Naphtha prices have fallen relative to crude because the gain in supply has outpaced the

Naphtha's price decline may ease as Yeochun NCC Co expands ethylene capacity, and a

"I expect naphtha prices to be stable against crude, as Asian demand should catch up w

Prices of naphtha relative to crude, or the crack spread, fell to $55 a tonne in early Septe

Shipments of naphtha may rise further after Essar Oil Ltd starts an export-oriented refine

"The bearish impact from the Essar exports should be fairly limited," Jason Lee, a Singap

Petrochemical companies from South Korea to Singapore are boosting ethylene capacity

GS Caltex, South Korea's second-largest oil refiner, started operations at a 70,000 barrel

South Korea's LG Chemical Ltd and Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical Corp are among com

Source: Bloomberg <br><br><br>

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PITTSFIELD, Mass -- GE Plastics announced the launch of Extem thermoplastic polyimide

"GE's new Extem resin line represents a huge leap in cost-performance designed to help

Herington added that GE Plastics expects this introduction of GE's new, world-class Extem

Extem resins provide the following properties:<br>

Continuous use temperatures up to 230° C <br>


Glass transition temperatures up to 310° C <br>
High stiffness and creep resistance under load, typical of high strength amorphous polym
Excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including added resistance to chlorina
Inherent flame retardance without the use of halogens <br>
Melt processable on traditional extrusion and molding equipment<br>
Ultra high mechanical properties as molded, no post-curing or thermosetting needed<br
Compared with existing materials, GE's Extem resins provide a comprehensive array of o

While providing excellent performance, imidized materials such as polyamide-imide ( PA

Source: GE Plastics<br><br><br>

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Line for Exceptional Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Performanc
CLEVELAND -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) announced the opening of a new researc

The color lab will be used to develop new color and additive solutions such as liquid colo

Customers will be able to utilize PolyOne's advanced color matching services. In addition

"Solving our customers' unique problems is the main goal of this new lab," said Peter Pru

Six PolyOne color experts will staff the Avon Lake facility including the Color & Additives

In the second quarter of 2007, PolyOne is scheduled to add an extrusion line to expand t

About PolyOne <br><br>

PolyOne Corporation, with 2005 annual revenues of approximately $2.5 billion, is a leadi

Source: PolyOne Corporation<br><br><br>

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www.polymerbiz.comand Development Color Lab at Avon Lake Facility

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It's all systems go for the new catalysis research laboratory (CaRLa) of BASF Aktiengesel

From 16th November, 2006, an international research team consisting of six university a

BASF and Heidelberg University Inaugurate New Catalysis Research Laboratory <br><br

"Our cooperation underlines the quality of the research environment in the Rhine-Neckar

CaRLa covers the entire spectrum of research from basic research to industry-specific ap

CaRLa will be headed by BASF researcher Dr. Christoph Jakel, who has been working sinc

Catalysis is the single most important technology in the chemical industry. More than 80

Source: Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg; BASF Aktiengesellschaft<br><br>

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Around $80 billion will be invested in Iran's oil projects by the end of Iran's Fourth Five-Y

In the course of the nation's fourth and fifth development plans, $24 billion and $10 billio

Currently, there are three specialized banks active in the housing, agricultural and indus

If a bank specialized in the oil sector is created in the country, it would be able to make i

He also commented on the immense natural gas reserves of the Middle East region and

Iran's South Pars Oil and Gas Field alone contains around eight percent of the world's na

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in oil projects by end of 4DP

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Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) has declared that it will go ahead with t

Regarding the technology, he said they were using Eastman's for their acetic acid plant w

Sipchem recently went public by issuing 45 million shares equal to 30 percent of its capi

In an announcement released from Texas, Celanese Corp. said it had sued Sipchem and

Acetic acid is used to make vinyl acetate monomer, a chemical found in paints, coatings

This complex will be located at Sipchem`s site in the industrial city of Jubail. The comple

According to Al-Ohali, this project would create over 500 direct job openings. Sipchem ha

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Go Ahead With Construction
### of Plants in Jubail
CLEVELAND -- PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) announced the opening of a new researc

The color lab will be used to develop new color and additive solutions such as liquid colo

Customers will be able to utilize PolyOne's advanced color matching services. In addition

"Solving our customers' unique problems is the main goal of this new lab," said Peter Pru

Six PolyOne color experts will staff the Avon Lake facility including the Color & Additives

In the second quarter of 2007, PolyOne is scheduled to add an extrusion line to expand t

About PolyOne <br><br>

PolyOne Corporation, with 2005 annual revenues of approximately $2.5 billion, is a leadi

Source: PolyOne Corporation<br><br><br>

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and Development Color Lab at Avon Lake Facility

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LUDWIGSHAFEN; MIDLAND, Mich. -- BASF Aktiengesellschaft ( BASF) and The Dow Chem

"Although this is an early-stage feasibility study, we believe that the world's top two che

"With this approach BASF solidifies its commitment to the global TDI market by evaluatin

Following the joint development of a process to produce propylene oxide on the basis of

Source: BASF
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###Feasibility Study for World-Class TDI Facility in Europe
Researchers at the Sustainable Technologies Initiative (STI), working with a consortium o

In the UK-based project, the researchers have adapted rotary moulding, a process widely

The process is cheap to operate as all of the suspension introduced to the mould become

As part of the project, researchers at Loughborough University have developed a novel c

Further trials with a range of cast shapes were carried out on pilot-scale moulding equipm

The consortium are now working towards commercialization of the process<br><br><b

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ASSESSE -- PolyOne Corporation announced that will increase prices up to 10% on certai

Pricing changes will be differentiated to reflect the unique manufacturing, technology, an

As always, PolyOne continues its efforts to provide higher-value products and innovative

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Price
12/2/2006
Increase for Engineered Materials in Europe

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DUBLIN -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of European Markets for Pla

Colourants consist of pigments and dyes which are used to impart colour on a plastic sub

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled European Markets for Plastic Colourants prov

Market Sectors<br><br>

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this

Classic organic pigments <br>


High-performance organic pigments <br>
Organic plastic dyes <br>
Inorganic plastic pigments.<br>
Market Overview<br><br>

Growth in the HDPE and PET Sectors to Contribute to Market Expansion<br><br>

In recent years, several sectors of the European manufacturing industry have shifted the

The plastics market is growing in the European Union (EU) in virtually every sector of the

Growth of the Plastics Market to Propel Greater Demand for Plastic Colourants<br><br>

To a large extent, expansion of the European plastic industry is driving the plastic colour

Competition for sales has largely been on a price basis as the degree of innovation in the

Source: Research and Markets<br><br><br>

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to Propel Greater Demand for Plastic Colourants - European Markets fo

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Arkema's Rilsan® PA11 has been approved by several automotive contractors for biodie

Today's increasing use of biofuels has led Arkema to develop a new Rilsan® grade, M-BE

Arkema has been renowned for many years for its specific polyamide grades for fuel line

In addition, biobased Rilsan® PA11 can be combined with conductive Rilsan® PA11 whe

By adapting its product range to the requirements of carmakers, Arkema aims to strengt

Arkema is committed to sustainable development by developing and marketing products

With global brands like Rilsan®, Pebax® and Platamid®, unique products like Rilsan® b

A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and balanced business segment

Source: Arkema<br><br><br>

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SOLON, Ohio -- Excel Polymers LLC of the United States and Mitsui and Co., Ltd., of Japan

This new, green field facility is expected to be completed and begin production by the be

John Quinn, president and CEO of Excel, stated, "This new venture will allow us to contin

Excel Polymers is the world's leading provider of customized, high-performance compoun

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (TSE: 8031), together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, i

Mitsui provides comprehensive services in areas such as retail, logistics and transportati

Source: Excel Polymers<br><br><br>

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and Mitsui
12/8/2006
Announce Joint Venture

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Pipes made from Basell's Hostalen high density polyethylene have now undergone 50 ye

"Two pipe specimens made from Hostalen GM5010 that were installed in October 1956 a

When HDPE pipe grades were in the early development stages at Basell predecessor com

"Creep tests by Hoechst on pipes made from Hostalen HDPE commenced in 1954," Schu

Schulte added: "By 1959, after only four and a half years of elevated temperature testin

The Hostalen GM5010 test findings are significant, Schulte pointed out, because the sam

Basell is the world's largest producer of polypropylene and advanced polyolefin products

Source: Basell<br><br><br>

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Continuous 12/8/2006
Testing of Pipes made from Hostalen HDPE Grades Completed
FRANKLIN, MA -- Dynisco has announced it has appointed a new, exclusive distributor for

"We are excited about the addition of Amin Feroz & Co. as our distributor in Pakistan," sa

Dynisco is a leader in providing analytical instrumentation and sensing technologies to in

Dynisco is part of the Energy Systems and Controls segment of Roper Industries, a mark

Source: Dynisco<br><br><br>

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36 Dynisco Appoints New Distributor
1/17/2007 for Pakistan

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Figure 2.1. Content of Hydrocarbons in the Bitumen of Sedimentary Rocks <br>


Figure 3.1. Geological Zoning in the Caspian Sea <br>
LIST OF MAPS <br>

Map 1.1. Caspian Sea and National Sectors <br>


Map 2.1. Caspian Offshore Oil and Gas Provinces and Regions <br>
Map 2.2. Principal Fields and Prospects of the Caspian Sea <br>
Map 2.3. Key fields and Prospects of the Russian Caspian Sector <br>
Map 2.4. Key fields and Prospects of the Kazakhstan Caspian Sector <br>
Map 2.5. Key fields and Prospects of the Azerbaijan Caspian Sector <br>
Map 2.6 . Key fields and Prospects of the Turkmenistan Caspian Sector <br>
Map 2.7. Allocation of Geological Hydrocarbon Resources by Regions of Caspian Sea <br
Map 3.1. E&P Projects in Russian Caspian Sector <br>
Map 3.2. E&P Projects in Kazakhstan's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 3.3. E&P Projects in Turkmenistan's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.1. Current Export Routes from the Russian Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.2. Current Export Routes from the Kazakhstan's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.3 . Current Export Routes from the Azerbaijan's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.4. Current Export Routes from the Turkmenistan's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.5. Current Oil Infrastructure of Iran's Caspian Sector <br>
Map 5.6 . Planned Export Oil Pipelines from Caspian Region <br>
Map 5.7. Potential Gas Export Routes <br><br><br>

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1/17/2007Offshore Industry

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In mid-January of 2007, BASF started the construction of a new plant for the production o

"The global business with Ultrason has been extremely successful. The growth rates hav

Due to the high demand, the production capacity of the Ultrason plant in Ludwigshafen w

New process for the production of DHDPS DHDPS is produced by means of a new, compl

Plastics bearing the brand name Ultrason® are employed, for instance, for the reflectors

Source: BASF<br><br><br>

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new DHDPS 2/13/2007
plant in Ludwigshafen
This technical assistance project consisted of two elements: (1) testing the use of recycle
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.cwc.org
57 USING RECYCLED PLASTICS 3/23/2007
IN AN INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS
Chinese government-owned China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) completed its p
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.chemchina.com.cn
58 ChemChina finalizes Australian
3/23/2007 PE producer buy
U.S. plastics machinery giant Milacron Inc. is expanding its manufacturing capabilities in
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.milacron.com
59 Milacron expanding its India
3/23/2007
operations
Kiefel Extrusion GmbH of Worms is opening the Chinese market for its blown film extrusi
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.kiefel-extrusion.com
60 Chinese firms buying Kiefel
3/23/2007
machinery
Rosti Technical Plastics plans to launch a new production plant in Suzhou — its third in th
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rosti.com
61 Danish injection molder3/23/2007
Rosti plans third China facility
All plastics materials and processes will be considered by Rapra for a "nano-boost" - and
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rapra.net
62 Nano plastics technology 3/23/2007
made available
Rajoo Engineers Ltd. is staying on top of the fast-growing Indian plastics market by launc
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rajoo.com
63 Indian machinery maker3/23/2007
introduces blown film line
Hertfordshire, England-based China First Plastics helps British manufacturers find source
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.chinafirstplastics.com
64 China First matches U.K.3/23/2007
firms with Chinese molders
As with the gas-assist process, water-assist injection molding injects a short shot of mate
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.averyconsultants.com
65 A primer on water-assist3/23/2007
injection molding
BASF"s Engineering Plastics business will expand its North American manufacturing oper
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.corporate.basf.com
66 BASF Expands its North 3/23/2007
American Engineering Plastics Compounding Operations
European plastics and specialty chemicals maker Solvay SA has bought the polymers un
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.solvaychemicals.com
67 Solvay buys polymers business
3/23/2007 from India’s Gharda
Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology Division Current head of the Mikron Plastics Technolog
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.mikron.ch
68 Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology
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Forbes Asia magazine has named injection press maker Chen Hsong Holdings Ltd. as one
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.chenhsong.com
69 Chen Hsong makes Forbes 3/23/2007
top smaller Asian firms list
A Maryland-based buyout firm has leveraged the purchase of Fort Collins-based Value Pl
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.americancapital.com
70 Value Plastics Buyout Could
3/23/2007
Spur Expansion
Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC ), a world leader in identification solutions and specialty m
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.bradycorp.com
71 Brady Corporation Acquires3/23/2007
J.A.M. Plastics, Inc
Gas-assist injection molding is a derivative of injection molding. It was developed to solv
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.averyconsultants.com
72 A primer on gas-assist injection
3/23/2007molding
Solutia Inc. is launching new grades of nylon 6/6 in early 2006 and expects solid results f
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.solutia.com
73 Solutia plans PVB plant 3/23/2007
in Suzhou in 2007
Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC ), a world leader in identification solutions and specialty m
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.bradycorp.com
74 Brady Corporation Acquires3/23/2007
J.A.M. Plastics, Inc
Gas-assist injection molding is a derivative of injection molding. It was developed to solv
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.averyconsultants.com
75 A primer on gas-assist injection
3/23/2007molding
Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC ), a world leader in identification solutions and specialty m
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.bradycorp.com
76 Brady Corporation Acquires3/23/2007
J.A.M. Plastics, Inc.
Shin-Etsu Chemical has announced that Shin-Etsu PVC B.V. in The Netherlands, will expa
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.shinetsu.co.jp
77 Shin-Etsu Chemical to Boost
3/23/2007
PVC Output from Netherlands Plant by 100,000tpy
In August of 1960, a small family business in Corry, Pa., created its first product: a railro
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.erieplastics.com
78 Erie Plastics Celebrates 3/23/2007
45 Years In Business
Moldflow Corporation, a global provider of design through manufacturing solutions for th
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.moldflow.com
79 Two Enhanced Plastic Manufacturing
3/23/2007 Solutions Products Announced
Moldflow Corporation, a global provider of design through manufacturing solutions for th
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.moldflow.com
80 Two Enhanced Plastic Manufacturing
3/23/2007 Solutions Products Announced
Rexam, the global consumer packaging group and beverage can maker, is pleased to an
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rexam.com
81 Rexam Expands In Plastic 3/23/2007
Packaging With $154 Million US Acquisition
Rexam, the global consumer packaging group and beverage can maker, is pleased to an
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rexam.com
82 Rexam Expands In Plastic 3/23/2007
Packaging With $154 Million US Acquisition
Injection molder Rosti Technical Plastics plans to open its third plant in China, and it is in
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.rosti.com
83 Danish injection molder3/23/2007
to open 3rd China plant
France?s Saint-Gobain Vetrotex plans to expand its thermoplastic production capacity in
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.saint-gobainvetrotex.com
84 Saint-Gobain Vetrotex expanding
3/23/2007Chinese capacity
South Korea?s largest chemical company, LG Chem Ltd., has obtained exclusive rights to
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.lgchem.com
85 LG Chem obtains rights 3/23/2007
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Huhtam?ki Oyj will close rigid plastic container plants in Hong Kong and Australia as it bu
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.huhtamaki.com
86 Huhtam?ki building plastic3/23/2007
container plant in China
Plantic Technologies Ltd., which makes thermoformed trays from plant-based biopolyme
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.plantic.com.au
87 Australian thermoformer 3/23/2007
Plantic buys equipment
Demag Plastics Group has become sole owner of the injection press joint venture it had i
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.dpg.com
88 Haitian sells its stake in3/23/2007
JV to Demag Plastics
3D Systems Corporation (Nasdaq:TDSC), a leading provider of rapid 3-D printing, prototy
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.3dsystems.com
89 3D Systems Delivers New 3/23/2007
Engineered, Production-Grade Plastic
American Capital Invests in Value Plastics American Capital Strategies Ltd. has announce
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.americancapital.com
90 American Capital Invests 3/23/2007
in Value Plastics
Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology Division Current head of the Mikron Plastics Technolog
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.mikron.ch
91 Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology
3/23/2007 Division
Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology Division Current head of the Mikron Plastics Technolog
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.mikron.ch
92 Mikron to Sell Plastics Technology
3/23/2007 Division
Forbes Asia magazine has named injection press maker Chen Hsong Holdings Ltd. as one
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.chenhsong.com
93 Chen Hsong makes Forbes 3/23/2007
top smaller Asian firms list
A Maryland-based buyout firm has leveraged the purchase of Fort Collins-based Value Pl
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.americancapital.com
94 Value Plastics Buyout Could
3/23/2007
Spur Expansion
Key Plastics L.L.C. has announced the formation of a new joint venture with Jiehua Autom
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.keyplastics.com
95 Key Plastics Forms Joint3/23/2007
Venture in China
Plastic pipe will rebound with above average growth of 2.7 percent per year through 200
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.freedoniagroup.com
96 Plastic & Competitive Pipe3/23/2007
Demand to Exceed 16 Billion Feet in 2009
Professor Veena Sahajwalla of the University of New South Wales has won a prestigious A
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.unsw.edu.au
97 Scientists use plastic to3/23/2007
make steel
EOSTA, marketer of biological vegetables and fruit, delivers a large number of products p
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.eosta.com
98 EOSTA replaces plastics3/23/2007
with bio plastics
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has set standards for plastic packaging of drinking
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99 Norms for plastic packaging
3/23/2007
of water
Lone Star Plastics of Garland, Texas, is expanding to Alabama, with the purchase of the c
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.lsp-inc.com
100 Empty plastics plant attracts
3/23/2007
Texas company to Alabama
Finolex Industries Limited (FIL), belonging to the Pune-based Chhabria group has clocked
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.finolex.com
101 Finolex Industries Gross3/23/2007
income jumps 20 % to Rs 1001 crores
Plastics are everywhere these days, but current recycling techniques allow only a very li
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102 NC State Researchers Develop
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Swiss material solutions provider Quadrant had announced plans to seek further sustaina
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.quadrantplastics.com
103 Poly Hi Solidur acquired3/23/2007
by Quadrant
"Vinyl 2010" is the voluntary program that the PVC industry in Europe uses. It comprises
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.hydropolymers.com
104 PVC industry"s environmental
3/23/2007
work produces results
About 25 years ago, PVC roofing made its way from Switzerland and Germany to the Uni
Understandably, changes can make people nervous. However, while adding Ciba TINUVIN

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105 Raising the Compiled
Roof: The and
Next
3/23/2007
Generation
extracted withPVC
inputs from http://www.hydropolymers.com
About 25 years ago, PVC roofing made its way from Switzerland and Germany to the Uni
Understandably, changes can make people nervous. However, while adding Ciba TINUVIN
106 Raising the Compiled
Roof: The and
Next
3/23/2007
extracted
Generation withPVC
inputs from http://www.marplex.com.au
The Melbourne based Compounds Solutions business has become part of Marplex Austra
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.marplex.com.au
107 Marplex Acquires Compound 3/23/2007
Solutions ? Grows Welvic PVC Brand
BASF will invest $60 million in a series of projects that will restructure its plasticizer busi
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.basf.com
108 BASF Boosts North American 3/23/2007
Plasticizer Business with $60 Million Investment
Following Vinythai?s decision to double its Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) production, So
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.solvayplastics.com
109 Vinythai: Solvay?s vinyls 3/23/2007
affiliate in Thailand expands upstream capacity secures feedstock supply
USC scientists say they are developing the technology to keep soda from going flat, beer
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.usc.edu
110 USC research might protect 3/23/2007
state?s plastics industry
USC scientists say they are developing the technology to keep soda from going flat, beer
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.usc.edu
111 USC research might protect 3/23/2007
state?s plastics industry
Tek Seng Holdings Bhd, a leading polyvinyl chloride material manufacturer, is investing a
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.tekseng.com
112 Tek Seng invests to tap 3/23/2007
ad industry
Global competitiveness in plastics application development is set to centre on a sustaine
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.chemie.de/news/e/42351
113 Plastics Materials - Cutting-Edge
3/23/2007Technologies and Trends
114 Degussa and Degussa
Baerlocher
AG3/23/2007
and
Reach
Baerlocher
New Agreement
GmbH are forrestructuring
Cooperation their
on PVC
joint
Modifiers
marketing of PVC additive
Two European PVC makers are planning plant investments, one to meet "the prospect of
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.polymer-age.co.uk/news.htm
115 Investment plans announced 3/23/2007
by European vinyl makers
Solvay SA announces that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ineos aim
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.solvaypress.com/pressreleases/0,,2
116 Solvay signs agreement3/23/2007
aiming at selling rigid plastic foils activities to Ineos
A COMPANY that collects waste plastic from farms across Wales and beyond has ceased
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117 Plastics firm faces meltdown
3/23/2007
The influential American council for building, U.S. Green Building Council , has just publis
Compiled and extracted with inputs from http://www.pvc.dk
118 Deselection of PVC in building
3/23/2007is not the way to go, an independent report from USA reads
119 New Medical This
Grades
has been
of PVC
3/23/2007
a year
Hit the
forMarket
breakthroughs in vinyl compounds, with several companies intro
120 Shin-Etsu Chemical
Shin-EtsutoChemical
Spend
3/23/2007
$1Co.,
Blnthe
Building
world"s
PVC biggest
Plant maker of polyvinyl chloride, said it will spend
121 PVC joint venture
The Australian
adds to
3/23/2007
Australian
Competition plastics
and Consumer
production Commission
rationalisation
will not intervene in a joint ventu
122 PVC industry DINP
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3/23/2007
the most
by EUcommon
decision of
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123 The EU Commission
The EU Parliament
Publishes
3/23/2007Comparative
called for an assessment
Life Cycle Report
of PVC?s
on PVC
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124 Rigid PVC can


In connection
be used without
3/23/2007
with theenvironmental
committee treatment
problems, ofthe
the
Danish
bill onEPA
PVCpoints
taxation
out in the Danish Par
125 Aging population
The agingshouldof3/23/2007
the
helpU.S.
PVCpopulation could be good news for the North American PVC industr
126 advanced method
A Slovak ofinstitute
plastics
3/23/2007
components
has developed production
a new spin casting method. This method is a modern, fa
127 Underground Underground
Solutions Installs
3/23/2007
Solutions,
FirstInc.
Fusible
successfully
C900 PVC installed
Waterline
its first Fusible C900? PVC waterline in
128 United Plastics
UnitedGroupPlastics
Expands
3/23/2007
Group Operations
Inc. (UPG),in aAsia.
full service manufacturer of plastic products for the a
129 Chemson TakeChemson
Over PVCGmbH,
3/23/2007
Additive
a subsidiary
Maker Allstab
of Chemson AG have acquired the German-based Allstab g
130 BASF Introduce
6 new 6 New
products
Light
3/23/2007
supplement
Stabilizers to BASF
Plastics
?s Uvinul?
Rangerange of light stabilizers for plastics. They a
131 PVC productsWhensucessful
retired3/23/2007
inairline
the medical
pilot Stewart
field McKay moved to Queensland?s Gold Coast 32 years ag
132 A New Way As to an
Lubricate
external3/23/2007
Rigid
lubricant,
PVC the oil helps reduce friction between the polymer and metal sur
133 Architect uses
GreenuPVC Point
windows
3/23/2007
Design, in an
sustainable
architectural
design
firm based in the Victorian highland tourist town of
134 Key PlasticsB.toEdward
AcquireEwing,
Kendrion"s
3/23/2007
Chairman Automotive
and CEO Plastics
of KeyBusinesses
Plastics, LLC announced today that the Ewin
135 Should We Phase
PolyvinylOutchloride
PVC?
3/23/2007
is one of our most common synthetic materials. Commonly known as "
136 PVC reclaimTheplant
firstgoes
batches
3/23/2007
commercial
of recycled PVC have come from the Vinyloop Ferrara plant in Italy. The
137 Focused thinking
Continuing
raisesrationalisation
3/23/2007
BASF"s profitsinfrom BASF"s
plastics
plastics business will see more rigid differentiation b
138 EPA does notForanybusinesses,
longer3/23/2007
consider
that use Phthalates
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onetheir
bigproduction,
problematicthe Group
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list of undesirab
139 DevelopmentsThein Freedonia
thermoplastic
3/23/2007
Groupelastomers
has forecast that demand will expand by 6.4% per year to around 2
140 DevelopmentsThein Freedonia
thermoplastic
3/23/2007
Groupelastomers
has forecast that demand will expand by 6.4% per year to around 2
141 EPA does notForanybusinesses,
longer3/23/2007
consider
that use Phthalates
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bigproduction,
problematicthe Group
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142 The EU Commission
In 2000 the Publishes
EU
3/23/2007
Parliament
Comparative
calledLife
for an
Cycle
assessment
Report onofPVCPVC?s environmental impacts tha
143 Static PVC market
While the hasoverall
undertones
3/23/2007
PVC compound
of changemarket in Western Europe has remained fairly static ov
Effective April 1, 2007, or as contract terms allow, Dow ( www.dow.com) will increase pri

Dow continues to experience very strong demand for polyethylene resins in Europe and

Dow Europe GmbH, Horgen, Switzerland


144 Dow Europe GmbH Announces
3/25/2007
Price Increase for Polyethylene Resins
Borealis (www.borealisgroup.com ) announces record financial results for 2006, with a ne

This performance was achieved through key market sales growth, operational excellence

Borealis also announces that it will invest EUR 370 million in a new 350,000 t/y high-pres

The company is currently investing more than EUR 100 million in capital projects across

At Borouge, Borealis' joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the Unite

Borealis AG, Wien/Österreich


145 Borealis announces record
3/25/2007
profits for 2006 and EUR 370 million investment in Sweden

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The Shaw Group Inc. announced today that its Shaw Stone & Webster business unit's tec
<BR>
The planned plant capacity is 450,000 metric tons of ethylene annually and will be const
<BR>
Under this contract, Shaw will provide the process design package, including related eng
<BR>
Together with the engineering package, Shaw will also supply its proprietary equipment,
<BR>
The value of Shaw's contract was not disclosed.
<BR>
J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw, said, "We are
<BR>
For 30 years we have made significant contributions to many major Chinese olefin produ
<BR>
With the demand for ethylene in China expected to double in the next decade, we look f
<BR>
We congratulate LHC for selecting our technology, which brings with it a global reputatio
<BR>
The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procuremen
<BR>
A Fortune 500 company with nearly $5 billion in annual revenues, Shaw is headquartered
<BR>
For further information, please visit Shaw's website at
<BR>
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain f
<BR>
The statements contained herein that are not historical facts (including without limitation
<BR>
There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be thos
<BR>
These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of wh
<BR>
Should one or more of such risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assum
<BR>
The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
<BR>
A description of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to dif
<BR>
These documents are also available from the Securities and Exchange Commission or fro
<BR>
For more information on the company and announcements it makes from time to time o
<BR>
CONTACT: The Shaw Group Inc.

<BR>

146 SHAW ETHYLENE


Vice President,
TECH 4/20/2007
SELECTED
InvestorFOR
Relations
NEW GRASSROOTS
& Corporate Communications
PLANT IN CHINA

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