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Japan Disaster: Immediate Petchem, Refining Impact

By John Richardson

THE earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday afternoon is still hard to take in. We send our sympathy to everyone connected with this disaster and just hope and pray that the rescue efforts go exceptionally …

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Bayer Material Science Outlines Global Strategy

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By John Richardson

SUCCESS in chemicals – whether you are into commodities or specialities – is largely about eking out maximum value from every single molecule in all the important markets.…

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The LPG Cracking Myth Debunked

We are deeply ashamed of ourselves….

 

 

By John Richardson

AT the risk of boring you completely senseless let us once again return to the subject of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and its likely usefulness as a cracker feedstock over …

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Flood Of LPG Supply On The Way

Here is another article on the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market, a subject we have covererd several times on the blog over the last few months.

Below we discuss how the temporary supply constraints that have kept LPG tight this …

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Japan More Competitive Than You Might Think

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By Malini Hariharan

it is easy to write off the Japanese petrochemicals industry which has for long struggled to find a solution to the dual pressure of rising global competition and …

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Saudi Arabia: The Implications Of Going Downstream

An example of how Lexan solar control IR sheets (made by SABIC Innovative Plastics) can be put to use

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By John Richardson

SAUDI ARABIA is busy reshaping its petrochemical industry to reflect a drastic shift …

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Long-term Shift In LPG Cracking Economics

 

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By John Richardson

WHEN my fellow blogger Malini Hariharan once asked a particularly unhelpful individual who used to track polyethylene (PE) markets what was going on, his only response was “conditions are volatile”.…

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Fingers Crossed For No Double-Dip Recession

 

 

The Risk Of Exhausted Optimism

Source of picture: http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/double-dip-recession/

 

By John Richardson

Global polyethylene (PE) oversupply will be “challenging but manageable” over the next year-and-a-half provided there is no double-dip economic downturn, said Joe Duffy, consultant with …

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It helps to have the right partner

By Malini Hariharan

And Sumitomo Chemical has discovered this.

The company recently said that PetroRabigh, its joint venture with Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia, has managed to secure fresh ethane allocation of 30m scf of ethane for a second phase …

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Optimism as China returns

By Malini Hariharan

The China market appears to have started the year of the tiger on a strong note. We are not yet hearing a roar but at least it is not a whimper.

Pic source: Xinhua

A polyolefin market …

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