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Place Your Bets – Who Is Right?

By John Richardson

DOW Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris said in a 27 July conference call that China’s industrial economy was still doing very well. “They’re managing themselves down very nicely,” he added, pointing to official GDP growth numbers of 8-9%, …

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Cotton corrects; will polyester follow?

By Malini Hariharan

After last year’s stunning rise, cotton prices have plunged 53% in the last four months from a 140-year peak of $2.15/lb on 4 March.

Prices have fallen 38% in July with cotton for December delivery quoted at …

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Sleepless in Riyadh

By Malini Hariharan

CEOs of Asian petrochemical companies worried about rising feedstock costs, a weak economic outlook and profitability should have been reassured to read over the weekend that even Mohammed Al-Mady, vice-chairman and CEO of Sabic is having sleepless …

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China’s methanol economy

By Malini Hariharan

China is well set to take on an even larger role in the global methanol industry. The country already accounts for a little over 40% of demand and its share is set to expand rapidly in the …

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China Polyolefin Prices Rally

In the second part of our analysis of the effect of China’s latest interest-rate rise we look at how the polyolefin market has alllegedly taken the decision in its stride. Crude markets are a different story altogether….

By John Richardson

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Methanol stays strong, but for how long?

By Malini Hariharan

The doom and gloom affecting many segments of the petrochemical industry has yet to reach methanol. Asian spot prices have been stable since January and have hovered in the $340-350/tonne range during the last three months.

Methanol …

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PE Market Weakness Spreads To US

By Malini Hariharan

After Europe, the US polyethylene (PE) market has started showing increasing signs of weakness. Spot offers have rapidly fallen putting downward pressure on June contracts that are currently under negotiation. Producers may have no choice but to …

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India polymers slide once again

By Malini Hariharan

The messenger’s prediction has turned out to be correct. Indian polymer producers have been forced to reduce domestic prices to match levels seen in the wider Asian market.

The week started with a downward revision to polypropylene …

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Banking on gas

By Malini Hariharan

Is the International Energy Agency (IEA) being extremely bullish in predicting a ‘golden age’ for natural gas over the next 25 years?

In a recently released report (available here) the IEA forecasts a 55% growth in global …

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Don’t shoot the messenger

By Malini Hariharan

There is a lot of free price information and advice available to Indian polymer buyers via emails and SMSs. The gist of the messages these days is that the Chinese market is weak, international and domestic prices …

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