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Methanol set for a strong year

By Malini Hariharan

Chinese methanol demand growth in 2011 has beaten expectations thanks to rising requirement from the gasoline blending and methanol-to-olefins (MTO)/methanol-to-propylene (MTP) segments.

Demand last year is estimated to have expanded by an impressive 30% to reach 26m …

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Asia refining: tough times ahead

By Malini Hariharan

The going has been good for the refining industry this year but analysts are predicting a weaker 2012 and 2013.

UBS for instance, expects complex refining margin in Asia to fall 20% in 2012 from the average …

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Crunch time for Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

August could well be the time for some tough decisions by Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers. Demand has languished for the last three months and although many are hoping for a recovery at the end …

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Aromatics get complicated

By Malini Hariharan

Asian aromatics markets are getting increasingly hard to read not merely because of volatile crude prices.

Demand, usually strong at this time of the year, has so far failed to materialise. The US gasoline season has started …

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All mixed up in the West

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been writing about the softening in olefin and polyolefin prices in the US. But the European market presents an interesting contrast offering arbitrage opportunities for those willing to take the risk.

Operating rate reductions …

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Action in the propylene market

By Malini Hariharan

Just when Asian propylene prices started easing comes news of disruptions in production and price hikes in the West.

Propylene availability in Europe was hit after a strike by Total’s refinery workers early in the week resulted …

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Asian PE, PP face a weak start to 2010

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers expect trade to pick up only from the second quarter of 2010 when restocking activity will resume, writes our colleague Bee Lin.

Chinese importers are unlikely to build stocks before the Lunar New Year …

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