Inorganics news in brief

25 October 2010 00:00  [Source: ICB]

US CHLORINATED SOLVENT EXPORT RISESUS
exports of chlorinated solvents perchloroethylene (perc), methylene chloride and trichloroethylene (TCE) rose by 72% year on year, according to the US International Trade Commission. Demand for the solvents has been fueled by usage as feedstocks in refrigerants.

NORTH AMERICAN TIO2 PRICE HIKES
North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) prices rose by 5-8 cents/lb ($110-176/tonne, €79-126/tonne) on continued supply constraints and healthy demand, sources said. The hike stemmed from June initiatives of plus 8 cents/lb. North American TiO2 prices had previously risen in late June by 5 cents/lb on tight supply and unexpected demand. ICIS assessed domestic contract values in a new range of $1.30-1.44/lb.

TOSOH SHUTS VCM LINE FOR MAINTENANCE
Japan's Tosoh shut down its 250,000 tonne/year No. 1 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) line in Nanyo, Yamaguchi prefecture, for a turnaround on October 2. The shutdown is expected to last until the end of November.

CRISTAL RESTARTS OHIO TIO2 UNIT, FM REMAINS
Global titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal has restarted a 110,000 tonne/year production unit at its Ashtabula TiO2 plant in Ohio, US, but the site's force majeure (FM) remains in effect. Cristal declared FM on materials produced at the site effective September 26, after an unplanned shutdown. Cristal did not comment on the cause of the outage or when the restarted unit could ramp up to full production.


By: Doris de Guzman
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