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Consolidation Thai style

By Malini Hariharan

The long-awaited merger between PTT Chem and PTT Aromatics (PTTAR) was finally announced last week.

A presentation made to financial analysts gave details on what the merged entity will look like, planned synergies and opportunities for growth.…

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What’s next for PetroChina and Ineos?

By Malini Hariharan

After months of talks, PetroChina finally signed a framework agreement with Ineos for partnerships in refining, trading and petrochemicals at Grangemouth in Scotland and Lavera in France. The companies will be working towards the formation of these …

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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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Chinaplas: Optimism, consolidation, new plant start-ups and more

By Malini Hariharan

Chinaplas has just concluded and my colleagues have filed some great reports from Shanghai.

Worries about a margin squeeze in the second half of the year persist but polymer producers seem to be increasingly confident about long-term …

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What’s next for Reliance?

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries appears to have hit the end of the road in its quest for LyondellBasell which has filed its own restructuring plan, rejecting a $14.5bn Reliance offer.

LyondellBasell has said the Reliance offer was not “sufficiently …

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M&As – value creation or destruction?

By Malini Hariharan

The current slowdown in M&As is perhaps for the best as according to a recent report by Alembic Global Advisors the chemical industry has a track record of value destroying M&A activity.

The study, which looked at …

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Reliance makes it next move in quest for LyondellBasell

By Malini Hariharan

It is not surprising to read that Reliance Industries has raised its offer for LyondellBasell by $1bn to $14.5bn. The blog had been told last month that a higher offer was one of the strategic moves that …

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Braskem makes its first US move; acquires Sunoco PP assets

By Malini Hariharan

Less then a week after the blog had highlighted Braskem’s plans for global growth through acquisitions the company has announced that it will buy the polypropylene (PP) assets of US-based Sunoco.

The $350m deal, still subject to …

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Post merger Braskem talks of global growth through acquisitions

By Malini Hariharan

After overcoming legal objections, Braskem took the final step late last week to announce the merger of the petrochemical operations of Petrobras, Odebrecht and Quattor, to create not only Brazil’s largest petrochemical company but also America’s largest …

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Time for Reliance to make its next move

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance’s bid to acquire LyondellBasell has taken an interesting turn after yesterday’s court ruling.

The US bankruptcy court has allowed Lyondell Chemical, the US arm of LyondellBasell, time until 15 April to file a reorganisation plan. During …

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