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Concerned about the Asean FTA? There’s not much you can do about it.

The implementation of a zero-tariff regime in Asean from 1 Jauary 2010 has raised concerns among polymer producers in Indonesia and the Philippines about intense competition from Singapore and Thailand leading to a erosion in market shares.

Producers from these …

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Map Ta Phut work stops but no clarity on when crisis will be resolved.

By Malini Hariharan

Companies executing projects at Map Ta Phut in Thailand have finally received a notice from the government to stop construction work. The notice comes after the Thai Supreme court’s ruling in early December to suspend 65 projects …

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LyondellBasell court hearing deferred to 12 Jan

Yesterday’s crucial court hearing to determine whether LyondellBasell would have until 6 September 2010 to solicit votes for its reorganization plan has been adjourned to 12 January.
It means some more waiting for Reliance Industries which is said to be …

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Recycling Dip Boosts China By 8-10 Percentage Points

 

It can be a dirty business….

Source of picture: www.China-environmental-news-blogspot.com

 

By John Richardson

THE sharp drop in plastics recycling in China has added 8-10 percentage points to virgin polyolefin demand growth in 2009, estimates a major Asian producer.…

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Reliance decision on LyondellBasell after court hearing

By Malini Hariharan

Yesterday’s media report about Reliance Industries on the verge of taking a final decision on LyondellBasell appears to have been a little premature. My sources say that a decision will be made only after the US bankruptcy …

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Will Reliance decide today on LyondellBasell?

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries will take a call today on submitting a final bid for LyondellBasell, says this report from CNBC TV18.

The report, quoting unnamed sources, adds that Reliance may be having second thoughts about the acquisition. Key …

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More action needed at Mitsubishi Chem

By Malini Hariharan

Japan’s largest chemical company Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings has been actively restructuring this year but more needs to be done to complete its transformation.

High on the list is reorganization of its cracker operations at Mizushima. Mitsubishi and …

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Shell would like to build two MEG plants in Qatar

 

By John Richardson

An ethane shortage is slowing Shell Chemicals’ ambitions for building at least one cracker complex in Qatar, Ben van Beurden, executive vice-president of the company said last week.

“Ideally, we’d like to build two crackers and …

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Crude, Equities & Polyolefin Pricing

This is a huge subject, one that this blog will need to keep revisiting – and if you tell us we’ve got it wrong, we’ll always listen and respond.

For what it’s worth, the article below might give you some …

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Reliance moving fast on LyondellBasell bid

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries’ bid to acquire LyondellBasell is progressing quite rapidly. I am told that a team of top executives from the company is in the US holding discussions with LyondellBasell.

And according to this report in the …

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