Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Rise

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals | October 17, 2020

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $150/mT globally. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers' needs with high quality products.   The increase will take effect November 1, 2020, or as contracts and agreements allow. Customers should contact their local Sekisui sales representative for more details. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals' primary product is Selvol, a line of high performance polyvinyl alcohol polymers and copolymers used in paper, adhesive, packaging, construction, personal care, and many other specialty formulations.   The company also represents Durastream CPVC compounds and resins, Advancell expandable microspheres, and S-LEC BK polyvinyl acetal resins.

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Oberon Fuels Joins International Trade Associations

Oberon Fuels | July 01, 2022

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Element and IPCOS Announce Partnership to Accelerate Industrial Organizations’ Time to Value from Digital Initiatives

Element and IPCOS | August 23, 2022

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Imperial advances renewable diesel plans, awards hydrogen contract to Air Products

Imperial Oil Limited | September 07, 2022

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EPRO Advance Technology Limited | July 18, 2022

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