Archive | March, 2010

A view from the West

By Malini Hariharan

The Asian olefin and polyolefin markets have softened in recent weeks but the US market remains on a different track, as seen in these reports filed by my colleagues on ICIS news.

Ethylene prices are still firm …

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Aramco Confirms Ras Tanura Location Review

Here’s a post from a guest blogger, my good colleague Prema Viswanathan – Deputy Managing Editor of ICIS pricing in Asia.

Ras Tanura and Al-Jubail

Source of picture: www.absoluteastastronomy.com

 

By Prema Viswanathan

A Saudi Aramco official has confirmed a …

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Dealing With The Middle East Logistics Challenge

Singapore’s container port

 

 

Source of picture: www.gcaptain.com

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

A big challenge facing many companies that have built large polymer plants that are located far from key markets is how to move product most efficiently.…

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Bright Future Predicted for Saudi Private Cos

           Riyadh

Source of picture: help.berberber.com

 

By John Richardson

PRIVATE Saudi Arabian petrochemical companies need not fret about the ethane-gas shortage that two sources had last week told us would hold up their development, according a third industry source we …

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Polymer trading – a great investment opportunity?

By Malini Hariharan

I recently met a businessman at a dinner party. After exchanging the usual greetings he eagerly disclosed his plans for a new business venture – trading in polymers.

“There will be three of us in this business; …

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Europe Faces More Middle East Pressure

A high chance of more showers

Source of picture: www.stuff.co.zn

 

By John Richardson

A closer look at last year’s polyolefin trade flows illustrates just how vulnerable European producers will be over the next few years to rising pressure from …

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No More Gas For Saudi Private Cos – Industry Source

Ras Tanura in Saudi – private companies bunkered by feedstock shortage?

By John Richardson

The gas feedstock shortages in Saudi Arabia – which we have commented on before – are such that no private company will receive any allocations in …

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China Polyolefin Buyers Smell Blood……

…..but time to party for some thanks to re-exports to Brazil

Source of picture: edgsgonesouth.com

 

By John Richardson

It’s a funny old world – or so it seems in poylolefins at the moment as traders re-export resin from China …

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US-China Yuan Row And The Threat To Chemicals

 

Source of picture: The China Daily

 

By John Richardson

THE outcome of the row between the US and China over the value of the Yuan has the potential to bring to an end a tentative and highly unbalanced …

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The changing world of gas

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has recently written about gas availability in the Middle East and upcoming changes to pricing which have big implications for the petrochemicals business.

But the global gas market is seeing wider changes and these have …

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