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Managing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A spurt in Chinese buying enquiries in the last few days has awakened hopes in some quarters of an upturn in polyolefin pricing with one trader predicting a $50-70/tonne rise in the coming weeks.

The prediction, he …

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China PE, PP Production Up By 30%

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production surged in January-June this year as imports remained strong and demand growth declined, according to the Shanghai-based commodity information service, CBI.

Hopes being expressed that pricing might …

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Searching for balance

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

Cautious optimism first gave way to mounting anxiety over the prospects for the second half of this year, but now the mood surrounding China’s polyolefins market is downright pessimistic.

“It is going to take …

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Honam plans Titan expansion

By Malini Hariharan

News is trickling in on Honam Petrochemical‘s plans for Titan Chemicals once it completes the acquisition at the end of the year.

A source close to the company said that revamping of Titan’s two crackers have been …

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Propylene And the Law Of Unintended Consequences

Will this year’s K-Fair see some major announcements to take advantage of the relative fall in ethylene costs?

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By John Richardson

THE rise in the price of propylene relative to ethylene is exercising the minds …

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Aromatics May Suffer From Strong Reformer Economics

By John Richardson

ASIAN aromatics producers are struggling from an oversupply driven both by weak demand for their products and strong overall reformer economics, the blog has been told.

As this chart below illustrates for benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), …

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Honam Set For Further Buys After Titan Deal

The layout of the Pasir Gudang complex

 

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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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Yansab results reflect Saudi gas problems

By Malini Hariharan

Yansab posted a net profit Saudi Riyal (SR)502.4m ($134.0m) in the second quarter, its first full quarter of commercial operations. However, results could have been better if its plants had run at full capacity.

Analysts at NCB …

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China GDP Reduction Spells Tough H2 For Chems

 

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By John Richardson

THE decline in China’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth from 11.9% in Q1 to 10.3% in the first quarter is, no matter how you try to dress it up, bad news …

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Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Delay Qatar Cracker

By John Richardson

Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil have delayed the start-up of their 1.6m tonne/year cracker and derivatives project in Qatar, my colleague Anna Jagger reported on ICIS news yesterday – quoting sources familiar with the project.

This confirms an …

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