Archive | July, 2010

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Searching for balance

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

Cautious optimism first gave way to mounting anxiety over the prospects for the second half of this year, but now the mood surrounding China’s polyolefins market is downright pessimistic.

“It is going to take …

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Honam plans Titan expansion

By Malini Hariharan

News is trickling in on Honam Petrochemical‘s plans for Titan Chemicals once it completes the acquisition at the end of the year.

A source close to the company said that revamping of Titan’s two crackers have been …

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Propylene And the Law Of Unintended Consequences

Will this year’s K-Fair see some major announcements to take advantage of the relative fall in ethylene costs?

Source of picture; http://www.k-online.de/

 

By John Richardson

THE rise in the price of propylene relative to ethylene is exercising the minds …

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Aromatics May Suffer From Strong Reformer Economics

By John Richardson

ASIAN aromatics producers are struggling from an oversupply driven both by weak demand for their products and strong overall reformer economics, the blog has been told.

As this chart below illustrates for benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), …

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Hambrecht Reportedly Attacks China Business Climate

Jurgen Hambrecht

Source of picture: www.wiwo.de/unternehmen-maerkte

 

By John Richardson

BASF’S Jurgen Hambrecht has made highly critical and extremely high-profile comments about China’s business environment, according to the Financial Times.

The CEO of the German chemicals giant is quoted as …

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Honam Set For Further Buys After Titan Deal

The layout of the Pasir Gudang complex

 

Source of picture: Titan Chemicals

 

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

HONAM Petrochemical’s plan to buy Malaysia’s Titan Chemicals  for $1.5bn – which was announced today – is likely to be followed …

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Yansab results reflect Saudi gas problems

By Malini Hariharan

Yansab posted a net profit Saudi Riyal (SR)502.4m ($134.0m) in the second quarter, its first full quarter of commercial operations. However, results could have been better if its plants had run at full capacity.

Analysts at NCB …

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China GDP Reduction Spells Tough H2 For Chems

 

Source of picture: www.en.cn.national

 

By John Richardson

THE decline in China’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth from 11.9% in Q1 to 10.3% in the first quarter is, no matter how you try to dress it up, bad news …

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Crunch time for Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

August could well be the time for some tough decisions by Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers. Demand has languished for the last three months and although many are hoping for a recovery at the end …

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India set to announce final ADD on PP

By Malini Hariharan

India’s long-running investigation into dumping of polypropylene (PP) from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman is inching to a close. Final anti-dumping duties (ADD) are expected to be announced soon, say industry sources.

Affected producers have made their …

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