Archive | May, 2011

APIC Delegates Focus On Capacity

By John Richardson

THE article of faith publicly expressed at last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, was that the current problems with demand in China and India were only temporary.

Discussions the blog held were packed …

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MEG reacts to Taiwan developments

By Malini Hariharan

Spot monoethylene glycol (MEG) markets have quickly reacted to news that Nan Ya Plastics, an affiliate of the Formosa Plastics Group, has been ordered by the Taiwanese government to shut down two plants.

Prices surged by $15-30/tonne …

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Safety issues haunt Formosa

By Malini Hariharan

Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) problems appear to be escalating with the Taiwanese government ordering six plants to be shut from 1 June on safety concerns.

Local news reports state that the plants will have to remain closed …

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23 Mentions Of China Downturn At APIC

By John Richardson

THE blog attended the Asia Pacific Petrochemical Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, today during which it heard mention of the phrase “China downturn” on 23 occasions from different contacts.

Confidence is clearly at a lower than last …

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Boom, Gloom and the New Normal published this week

 

 

Today, the blog is proud to announce the publication the first Chapter of its new eBook:‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal: how Western BabyBoomers are changing global chemical demand patterns, again’It is co-authored with Paul Hodges of International …

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PTA – one more view

By Malini Hariharan

One view on the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) market, highlighted by the blog last week, is that operating rates in the next few years will be constrained by a shortage of feedstock of paraxylene (PX).

A rapid …

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To frack or not to frack…

By Malini Hariharan

…is a debate that has starting moving out of the US. A desire for energy independence has seen countries like Poland to embrace shale gas with the government welcoming US companies to quickly develop the country’s reserves, …

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Misplaced Euphoria Threatens Industry

By John Richardson

THE euphoria sweeping through the US petrochemicals industry seems to indicate strong support for the “supercycle” theory.

Some of the comments made during the first-quarter results season certainly point that way, as does the upbeat mood of …

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Boom, Gloom and the New Normal

 

The blog is delighted to announce the title of its new eBook, jointly authored with fellow blogger, Paul Hodges.

It explains how Western BabyBoomers are changing chemical demand patterns, again. We believe it will become vital reading for all …

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Metallocene action from Chinaplas

By Malini Hariharan

The fight for the metallocene market is heating up with South Korean producers increasingly looking at getting a share of this attractive market.

SK Corp confirmed plans to build a new metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) plant …

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