Saudi Crackers Could Soon Be At 100%

By John Richardson

SAUDI ARABIA’S crackers could soon be running at operating rates of 100% again following widespread reports quoting the al-Hayat newspaper that the country’s crude production is set to rise to 10m barrels a day in July. Al-Hayat, a Saudi …

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Don’t shoot the messenger

By Malini Hariharan

There is a lot of free price information and advice available to Indian polymer buyers via emails and SMSs. The gist of the messages these days is that the Chinese market is weak, international and domestic prices …

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Saudi Petchem Output Increase

By John Richardson

YESTERDAY’S fractious OPEC meeting – where members were unable to agree on a proposal by the four biggest members to raise output – may not necessarily be good news for petrochemicals.

For a long time the industry …

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China Polyolefin Demand Growth Flat In 2011

By John Richardson

POLYOLEFINS demand growth in China is likely to be flat in 2011 over last year, a senior industry executive and a consultant have told us.

“I am quite pessimistic and don’t see the Chinese government winning the battle …

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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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