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All At Stake And At Sea For October

A bit like the fund managers who are anxious to keep the equities rallies going until the end of the year in order to protect bonuses, there must be a lot of petrochemicals people hoping pricing in our sector will …

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Falling China license plates a lead indicator?

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Talk around the water-cooler in Shanghai offices at the moment is the fall in the cost of a car-license plate in September to a lowest bid of Yuan 27,000 ($3,953) from around Yuan 36,000 in August.…

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Western Polymers: Get Out Or Get Cleverer?

MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION (SORRY, OUCH….!)

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The automobile industry in the West has been bought more time by economic stimulus, as this article in The Economist points out.

But some of the discussions at the …

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Dalian Swings In Favour Of The Buyers

Polyolefin producers doing RMB business in China were delighted when price increases on the Dalian Commodity Exchange linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) futures contract started leading the physical market on the way up.

“We used the exchange to justify charging higher …

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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

“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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What I Want To Know in H2 – Part Two

Garbage out, garbage in

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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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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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Dalian: A Whole New Ball Game?

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Back to an old theme, the Dalian Commodity Exchange, this story from ICIS news talks of how physical cargoes are being bought and then sold at a price fixed now for November delivery. At the time …

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What I Want to Know in H2 – Part One

How will this one run?

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In the 12 years I’ve been covering the chemicals industry I don’t think I have come across a time of such exceptional market muddle.

The traders love it. As a wise …

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