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PTA – one more view

By Malini Hariharan

One view on the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) market, highlighted by the blog last week, is that operating rates in the next few years will be constrained by a shortage of feedstock of paraxylene (PX).

A rapid …

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Metallocene action from Chinaplas

By Malini Hariharan

The fight for the metallocene market is heating up with South Korean producers increasingly looking at getting a share of this attractive market.

SK Corp confirmed plans to build a new metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) plant …

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China Power Woes Hit Chem Output

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

The power crisis in China, highlighted in this post last month and yesterday, has worsened and is likely to affect economic output in the second quarter.

More than 10 provinces, including Zhejiang, Hunan, Anhui, …

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Tough times start for India polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

Tension is building up in the Indian polyolefin market with buying activity slowing down in recent weeks.

“The market is really dull; trading activity is very flat and end-users are taking minimum quantities. We are worried that …

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SBR under pressure on China slowdown

By Malini Hariharan

Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) prices, which have nearly doubled over the last year, may be heading for a much needed correction.

The strength in feedstock butadiene markets and strong demand from the automotive sector have so far …

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Power shortages strike China

By Malini Hariharan

The problems for Chinese manufacturers are multiplying. Besides having to worry about rising input costs, inflationary pressures and tightening of credit, companies now have to contend with unexpected power cuts.

This is usually the low season for …

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Global manufacturing set to drift

By Malini Hariharan

China’s status as factory for the world is under threat as rising costs of operating are startingto bite.

Estimates of wage cost hike this year range from 10% to 20%. And if higher prices of raw material …

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China outlines shale gas ambitions

By Malini Hariharan

With all the buzz around shale gas in the US the blog is not surprised to read that China is also turning to this unconventional source of gas.

The country is looking to start shale gas production …

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China market problems persist

By John Richardson

WHILE ethylene prices rose to a 14-month high last week on very expensive oil and the Shell Chemicals outage in Singapore, the ICIS pricing C2 margin report calculated a staggering $134/tonne fall in Northeast Asian margins. Rising …

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Chinese PVC demand set to reach 13m

By Malini Hariharan

The blog was at the Vinyls India – 2011 conference in Mumbai which has attracted over 400 delegates interested in hearing about the Indian market.

The country has emerged as a major importer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) …

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