Benzene the barometer?

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Because benzene has so many end-uses it’s widely seen as a pretty good barometer for the overall health of the industry.

As C6 led the recovery last time are recent declines a sign of another broad-based …

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China petchem output up, textiles down

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The Canton Trade Fair

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This interesting article from Bloomberg says that while petrochemical output in China rose in August, textile production actually contracted.

We don’t as yet have any breakdown for specific petrochemicals.

If the overall …

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Benzene heads south – as predicted

Back from less-than-sunny Perth to discover that the prediction from my good friend and colleague Paul Hodges at International eChem has come true: Benzene has headed south because of:

1.) The rise in its pricing seems to have been out-of-kilter …

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Off to Oz again so no entries for the next week

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No, I can’t do this

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Dear Reader,

Off to Australia for a week’s leave so no more entries and so will post again from 31 August.

Fair Dinkum

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How do Asian cracker operators compete?

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Not an easy answer and not one much suited to a few paragraphs of blogging.

But here’s one thought as the competitive environment becomes a great deal more difficult due to new Middle East capacity and …

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The Philippines: Left With the Crumbs

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“Here’s your entire allocation for this month”

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In the words of a plastics converter from the Philippines: “Markets are so tight at the moment that we are left to pick up the crumbs. Suppliers are concentrating …

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Even China Polyester Rates Rise

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Polyester operating rates in China have started to rise on anticipation that the global economic recovery has arrived, according to Leonard DeGuzman, chemicals consultant with DeWitt & Co.

Is this another example of a dangerous price …

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What I Want To Know in H2 – Part Two

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Garbage out, garbage in

Source of Picture: The Daily Telegraph

Here goes for the second part of this series.

Is there anybody out there who can help?

How will the ongoing availability of recycled material affect the pricing power of …

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Excessive Confidence A Risk

Confidence along all the chemicals value chains is always a key issue because of the ability to aggressively manage inventories, according to the London-based chemicals analyst Paul Satchell.

So there’s the ever-present risk of sudden and very disruptive de-stocking. The …

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Reports of the death of US PP exaggerated

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” Mark Twain once famously said after his obituary was published before he had died.

Similarly, the US polypropylene (PP) industry had been virtually written off late last year after a calamitous collapse in …

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