Saudi Petchem Production Threatens Recovery

By John Richardson

RISING oil production in Saudi Arabia has resulted in bigger volumes of polyethylene (PE) being delivered into Asia-Pacific markets, a source with a major plastics processor told the blog late last week.

“Saudi Arabia has definitely, in …

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Bullish on styrene and benzene

By Malini Hariharan

Styrene’s addition by the US to a list of ‘anticipated carcinogens’ does not seem to have affected producers demand growth expectations for the product or for its key feedstock benzene.

Speaking at the 5th ICIS Asian Aromatics …

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The China Inflation Muddle

By John Richardson

THE fascinating, but also at the same time frustrating, complexity of the Chinese economy has been thrown into further relief this week in the debate over the implications of the June 6.4% inflation rate.

The rate, the …

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India PP dumping: The story continues

By Malini Hariharan

The fight against anti-dumping duties (ADD) imposed by India on polypropylene (PP) exported by Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman is not yet over.

Some of the major companies that face ADD have taken the matter to the …

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Europe Not Clutching At Straws

By John Richardson

EUROPEAN ethylene and polyethylene (PE) market participants seem a million miles away from buying into the idea that the recovery in Asia is sustainable.

This is a realistic view following last week’s interest rate rise in China, the …

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Living In Hope Rather Than Expectation

By John Richardson

HOPEFUL theories espoused by traders can sometimes sound a little hollow – as was the case with the one doing the rounds in Asian polyolefin markets late last week.

“We think the latest interest rate rise in China …

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China’s methanol economy

By Malini Hariharan

China is well set to take on an even larger role in the global methanol industry. The country already accounts for a little over 40% of demand and its share is set to expand rapidly in the …

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China Polyolefin Prices Rally

In the second part of our analysis of the effect of China’s latest interest-rate rise we look at how the polyolefin market has alllegedly taken the decision in its stride. Crude markets are a different story altogether….

By John Richardson

CHINA’S …

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Impact of China’s Latest Rate Rise – Part 1

Here is the first of two posts that will analyse the implications of China’s decision to raise interest rates for the third time this year 

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S decision to once again raise interest rates will put further pressure on the …

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Does the industry need more PTA?

By Malini Hariharan

The impending oversupply in purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and likely problems in securing feedstock paraxylene (PX) does not seem to have dampened enthusiasm for new investments,

Around 10m tonnes of PTA capacity is expected to come on …

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