Author Archives: Sam Weatherlake

About Sam Weatherlake

Senior Editor in ICIS Pricing, based in Sutton.

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Methodology – 22 October 2013


Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) can  be used to make many products including fibre for polyester carpet; fabrics for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fibre fill for sleeping bags and winter coats; industrial strapping, sheet and film; automotive parts, such as luggage racks, headliners, fuse boxes, bumpers, grilles and door panels; as […]

Ethylene Methodology – 28 October 2013


Ethylene is a colourless, odourless, extremely flammable compressed gas. It is slightly soluble in water and soluble in liquid hydrocarbons. It reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and is an explosion hazard. It may polymerise to form aromatic compounds under the influence of temperatures above 600°C. Around 59% of the world’s ethylene demand is consumed in polyethylene production. Other major […]

Maleic Anhydride Methodology – 17 October 2013


Maleic anhydride (MA) is derived from butane in the US. In Europe and Asia, MA is derived predominantly from butane units, although a small amount is produced by benzene units. Accounting for more than 50% of consumption, the primary outlet for maleic anhydride is for the manufacture of unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), which is used […]