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Evonik has announced price increases of 5-7 % for all polyurethane additives it sells in North America, effective 1 July 2008.

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Effective 16 June 2008, Bayer MaterialScience is raising its sales prices for polymeric and monomeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and MDI derivatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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Effective 15 June 2008, or as contract terms allow, Chemtura Corporation will increase pricing for Reofos BAPP and Reofos RDP aryl bisphosphate ester flame retardants by USD 0.65 per kilogram in all regions. Chemtura is also removing all extended price validity.

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Dow announced that the SCG-Dow Group, a JV between Dow and the Siam Cement Group (SCG), has broken ground on a propylene oxide facility in Thailand.

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Chemtura Corporation will raise the price of all of its Adiprene, Vibrathane and Vibracure products by up to 20 %, depending on their exposure to rising energy, feedstock and transportation costs, and will review all terms with all customers, effective immediately, or as contracts allow.

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CECA, an Arkema Group subsidiary, increases the sales prices of its specialty surfactants around EUR 150.00 per tonne effective 1 July 2008.

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Air Products announced that, effective 1 July 2008, it will be increasing the prices for all Dabco TEDA products by 6 - 10 %, Polycat 8 by 5 %, and metal-based catalysts by 10 - 20 %, in all regions of the world.

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Huntsman Corporation has announced that, in response to sharp and sustained increases in its costs for energy, commodity and intermediate feedstocks, and transportation, it will raise prices for all products, some by as much as 25%, and also impose an energy surcharge across a wide range of products. The amount of each price increase and energy surcharge will vary by product, in accordance with costs attributed to each product.

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Specialty chemicals company, Perstorp, announces price increase on carboxylic acids and formates effective 1 July 2008, or as existing contracts permit.

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Swedish Perstorp, which is now the world’s largest caprolactone producer, has announced that it is doubling its production capacity of the recently acquired Capa caprolactone plant in Warrington, UK.

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