Capitalising on the cotton crisis

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By Malini Hariharan

Cotton prices have hit a 140-year high on the ICE futures in the US creating room for further price hikes across the polyester chain.

Prices of paraxylene (PX), purified terephthalic acid (PTA), monoethylene glycol (MEG) and …

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Polyethylene And The Stories People Tell

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…..quite possibly, yes, but it matters not what you say, only how you tell it

 

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By John Richardson

THIS poor mug might well have been the victim of rumours designed to move …

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Making Everyone Feel A Little Bit Middle Class

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Far more choices now…

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By John Richardson

THE nature of demand growth in emerging markets is a subject the blog has paid some attention to over the last few weeks.

Taking advantage of this …

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Petrochemicals Supercycle On The Way – Morgan Stanley

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Watch out for the charging bulls…

  

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By John Richardson

A FEW senior industry executives told the blog as long as a year ago that a petrochemicals supercycle was on the way as a result …

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Howling At the Moon And PE Price Discussions

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By John Richardson

 

CHINA’S surprise decision earlier this week to raise interest rates – the first rate rises since December 2007 – has badly dented sentiment in the polyethylene (PE) …

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Finding a home for Marcellus ethane

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By Malini Hariharan

A few weeks back the blog had highlighted the problems related to the disposal of ethane at the Marcellus Shale in northeast US.

Shale gas producers in the region are in a fix as ethane needs to …

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More LPG For Petrochemicals – Eventually!

By John Richardson

In theory there should be an additional 20-30m tonne/year of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) coming on-stream between 2008-2012, according to Petrochemical Corp of Singapore (PCS) – the Singapore Jurong Island-based cracker operator.

This could lead to 5-10m …

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The slow trek downstream

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By Malini Hariharan

Nearly two years after SABIC and ExxonMobil signed an agreement for a multi-billion dollar 50:50 joint-venture elastomers complex iin Saudi Arabia, the two majors have yet to take a final decision on the project.

At last year’s GPCA …

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No Going Back, But Don’t Expect Smooth Ride

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Cloth nappies?….you have to be kidding

 

 

 

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By John Richardson

IT IS the biggest transformation that the global economy has probably ever undergone, resulting in numerous opportunities and challenges for the chemicals industry …

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Petchem markets on a bull run

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By Malini Hariharan

The Chinese are back from their holidays and they are buying. This coupled with supply constraints and firm crude prices is fuelling a surge in petrochemical prices.

Paraxylene (PX) prices hit a 2-year high this week on …

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