Advantage US?

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By Malini Hariharan

The advent of shale gas and a fall in natural gas prices has already altered the fortunes of US ethane-based petrochemical producers. And now a new report says that the advantage is here to stay.

The Energy …

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Managing expectations

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By Malini Hariharan

A spurt in Chinese buying enquiries in the last few days has awakened hopes in some quarters of an upturn in polyolefin pricing with one trader predicting a $50-70/tonne rise in the coming weeks.

The prediction, he …

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China PE, PP Production Up By 30%

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By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production surged in January-June this year as imports remained strong and demand growth declined, according to the Shanghai-based commodity information service, CBI.

Hopes being expressed that pricing might …

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Iranian PE Seen As Threat To China Price Recovery

By John Richardson

IRANIAN polyethylene (PE) exports to China could help to cap or even prevent a recovery in pricing during the second half of this year.

Although in volume terms, Iranian material only accounts for a small percentage of …

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What’s next for Honam?

By Malini Hariharan

Honam Petrochemical’s plan to acquire Malaysia’s Titan Chemical could well be the start of the South Korean major’s foray overseas.

“Honam will keep looking for other M&A opportunities in the chemicals space,” said a source close to …

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Searching for balance

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By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

Cautious optimism first gave way to mounting anxiety over the prospects for the second half of this year, but now the mood surrounding China’s polyolefins market is downright pessimistic.

“It is going to take …

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Honam plans Titan expansion

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By Malini Hariharan

News is trickling in on Honam Petrochemical‘s plans for Titan Chemicals once it completes the acquisition at the end of the year.

A source close to the company said that revamping of Titan’s two crackers have been …

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Propylene And the Law Of Unintended Consequences

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Will this year’s K-Fair see some major announcements to take advantage of the relative fall in ethylene costs?

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By John Richardson

THE rise in the price of propylene relative to ethylene is exercising the minds …

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Aromatics May Suffer From Strong Reformer Economics

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By John Richardson

ASIAN aromatics producers are struggling from an oversupply driven both by weak demand for their products and strong overall reformer economics, the blog has been told.

As this chart below illustrates for benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), …

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Hambrecht Reportedly Attacks China Business Climate

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By John Richardson

BASF’S Jurgen Hambrecht has made highly critical and extremely high-profile comments about China’s business environment, according to the Financial Times.

The CEO of the German chemicals giant is quoted as …

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