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PTT merger delayed yet again and Map Ta Phut tops new minister’s agenda

By Malini Hariharan

A merger of PTT Aromatics and Refinery (PTTAR) and IRPC has once again been postponed to early next year due to concerns about legal issues and the business outlook, reports to Bangkok Post.

The legal concerns relate …

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Crisis of confidence

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefins (PO) producers are seeing no signs of an immediate recovery in demand and pricing as buyers in the key China market continue to remain on the sidelines.

There are just too many negative factors, says …

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Plans for one more cracker at Jubail

By Malini Hariharan

A few weeks back the blog had reported that Total was interested in producing more petrochemicals downstream of its refinery joint venture with Saudi Aramco at Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

And yesterday, Michel Govaerts, general manager …

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China’s rising labour costs – a blessing in disguise?

By Malini Hariharan

With so much happening in petrochemical markets the blog has not had time to comment on the ongoing turmoil in China’s labour market.

But we had noted a few months back that factories in southern China were …

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Fall in futures leads physical markets

By Malini Hariharan

The weakness in Asian petrochemical markets is continuing with buyers taking cues from developments in the crude oil and stock markets.

In polymers, despite a slight rebound in polyethylene (PE) prices late last week the buying sentiment …

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Aromatics get complicated

By Malini Hariharan

Asian aromatics markets are getting increasingly hard to read not merely because of volatile crude prices.

Demand, usually strong at this time of the year, has so far failed to materialise. The US gasoline season has started …

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Middle East producers hits protectionism wall again, this time in PET

By Malini Hariharan

One of the biggest concerns for Middle East producers is the rise in trade protectionism. And their worries are justified.

The European Union announced yesterday provisional anti-dumping duties (ADD) on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imports from UAE, Iran …

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China Chem Imports May Fall On Yuan Expectation

As cheap as chips 

 

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By John Richardson

THE decline in the Euro has resulted in investors downgrading their expectations of a Yuan appreciation taking place over the next few months.

Last week, Yuan …

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China flexes its muscles

By Malini Hariharan

If you are trying to find an explanation for the recent price movement in Asian polyolefin markets, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal offers some clues.

China, says the report, has been eating into some of …

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Old Assumptions Might Belatedly Change

 

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By John Richardson

DOOM-MONGERS are scratching their heads as to why the global petrochemicals industry has remained in such a healthy state over the past 18 months.

Old assumptions are, as a result, …

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