PTA – one more view

By Malini Hariharan

One view on the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) market, highlighted by the blog last week, is that operating rates in the next few years will be constrained by a shortage of feedstock of paraxylene (PX).

A rapid …

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To frack or not to frack…

By Malini Hariharan

…is a debate that has starting moving out of the US. A desire for energy independence has seen countries like Poland to embrace shale gas with the government welcoming US companies to quickly develop the country’s reserves, …

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Misplaced Euphoria Threatens Industry

By John Richardson

THE euphoria sweeping through the US petrochemicals industry seems to indicate strong support for the “supercycle” theory.

Some of the comments made during the first-quarter results season certainly point that way, as does the upbeat mood of …

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Boom, Gloom and the New Normal

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The blog is delighted to announce the title of its new eBook, jointly authored with fellow blogger, Paul Hodges.

It explains how Western BabyBoomers are changing chemical demand patterns, again. We believe it will become vital reading for all …

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Metallocene action from Chinaplas

By Malini Hariharan

The fight for the metallocene market is heating up with South Korean producers increasingly looking at getting a share of this attractive market.

SK Corp confirmed plans to build a new metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) plant …

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PTA Set To Suffer in 2011-14

By John Richardson

THE last 18 months has been stellar for the polyester chain thanks to tight supply upstream in paraxylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA), record-high cotton prices and a booming economy in China.

But all good times must …

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China Power Woes Hit Chem Output

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

The power crisis in China, highlighted in this post last month and yesterday, has worsened and is likely to affect economic output in the second quarter.

More than 10 provinces, including Zhejiang, Hunan, Anhui, …

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Supply Constraints Should Mean A Healthy China

By John Richardson

THE extent of the weakness in China ‘s polyolefins market has become more apparent as a result of reports that a much-anticipated increase in Middle East production hasn’t happened.

Back in February, oil production in Saudi Arabia …

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Middle East Petchem Producers Feel China Slowdown

By John Richardson

MORE evidence has emerged of a slowdown in demand for polyolefins in China following the sharp decline in March imports.

The Middle East is now feeling the pinch as a result of the impact of inflation and the reduced availability of …

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Tough times start for India polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

Tension is building up in the Indian polyolefin market with buying activity slowing down in recent weeks.

“The market is really dull; trading activity is very flat and end-users are taking minimum quantities. We are worried that …

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