Shell Firms-up Interest in New US Capacity

By Malini Hariharan

Shell Chemicals has become the latest entrant to a steadily growing list of companies looking at new cracker investments in the US.

As we wrote about last week, Shell Chemicals told us in an interview at the …

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HSBC: Speculation Adds $30 To Oil

By Malini Hariharan

GROWTH in China and other leading economies has slowed and oil prices have slipped but analysts are predicting strong prices for the rest of 2011 and 2012. Their reasoning is based on continued speculative activity in this commodity …

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New Normal Course In Frankfurt On 16-17 June

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The blog is excited about its first New Normal seminar in Frankfurt, Germany this month.

It follows February’s successful launch in Singapore, and is being held in association with International eChem on 16-17 June.

The Workshop aims to provide a comprehensive …

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Global Polyolefins At A Tipping Point

By John Richardson

A GLOBAL slowdown in manufacturing is already being reflected in European and US polyolefin markets as anxiety in the industry grows over the prospects for the rest of this year.

European June contract prices for ethylene and …

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Pressure builds up as manufacturing growth slows

By Malini Hariharan

Government measures across Asia to ease inflationary pressure are finally yielding results. The latest economic indicators from China and India confirm a loss in manufacturing growth momentum which is likely to put further pressure on troubled polyolefin …

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LDPE Re-investment Case Gets Harder

By John Richardson

JUST when you thought it might have been safe to push really hard for building more low-density polyethylene (LDPE), prices have started to decline. European prices, for example, recently slipped by Euros30/tonne with Asia down by $20-50/tonne …

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APIC Delegates Focus On Capacity

By John Richardson

THE article of faith publicly expressed at last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, was that the current problems with demand in China and India were only temporary.

Discussions the blog held were packed …

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MEG reacts to Taiwan developments

By Malini Hariharan

Spot monoethylene glycol (MEG) markets have quickly reacted to news that Nan Ya Plastics, an affiliate of the Formosa Plastics Group, has been ordered by the Taiwanese government to shut down two plants.

Prices surged by $15-30/tonne …

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Safety issues haunt Formosa

By Malini Hariharan

Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) problems appear to be escalating with the Taiwanese government ordering six plants to be shut from 1 June on safety concerns.

Local news reports state that the plants will have to remain closed …

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23 Mentions Of China Downturn At APIC

By John Richardson

THE blog attended the Asia Pacific Petrochemical Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, today during which it heard mention of the phrase “China downturn” on 23 occasions from different contacts.

Confidence is clearly at a lower than last …

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