Tag Archives | naphtha

Asian Petchems Profits Could Test Historic Lows In 2018

By John Richardson

THE ASIAN steam cracker business has struggled to pass on higher oil prices as the above chart further underlines. As you can see, high-density polyethylene (LLDPE) injection grade spreads including selected co-products have slipped over the last …

Continue Reading

Petrochemicals Destocking Phase Likely As Crude Volatility Increases

By John Richardson

WE COULD now be in a destocking phase in petrochemicals markets as oil prices are falling on a surge in US production.

This would obviously mean lower petrochemicals pricing, leaving companies that have overbuilt raw material inventories …

Continue Reading

Petchems Face Major Inventory Risk As Economic Confidence Builds

By John Richardson

NOBODY knows how many tonnes of un-cracked naphtha are sitting in steam cracker storage tanks around the world compared with H1 of last year.

Or how much plastic resin and rolls of plastic film are being held …

Continue Reading

Asian Naphtha-PE Spreads Collapse By 80% As 2018 Challenges Build

By John Richardson

ASIAN naphtha-to-polyethylene (PE) spreads collapsed by 80% in the first week of January compared with December last year because of the failure to pass on the rise in naphtha feedstock costs resulting from higher oil prices.

In …

Continue Reading

Crude Drives Asian Polyethylene Spreads To Three-Year Low As 2018 Risks Build

By John Richardson

IN MARCH 2016 we gave three scenarios for crude-oil prices:

Collapsing Demand where we saw crude falling to $25/bbl on weak global demand that would make it impossible to repay much of the huge debts that had…

Continue Reading

Crude Oil Prices In 2018: Impact On Naphtha-Based Polyethylene

 

By John Richardson

I WILL explain the full significance of the above charts for the Asian and global polyethylene (PE) industries later on this is post.

In short here, though, a great deal hinges on next year’s oil prices, …

Continue Reading

Butadiene Set To Decline Further

By Malini Hariharan

The drama continues in the Asian butadiene market. Bids this week are about $100/tonne lower than sellers’ price ideas, writes Helen Yan in an ICIS news report. Buying indications have dropped to $3,350-3,400/tonne CFR Northeast Asia.

Butadiene prices …

Continue Reading

India Chems Look For Govt Support

By Malini Hariharan

The Indian government is being asked to give a fresh boost to the chemicals industry in the 12th Five Year Plan beginning from 1 April.

A working group for the chemicals industry has detailed key measures that …

Continue Reading

China Set To Gain The Most From Inland Boom

 

By John Richardson

LAST week we discussed how inland markets in China – which are booming thanks to government efforts to raise rural income levels – offer huge opportunities for petrochemicals producers.

Here are a few further reasons to …

Continue Reading
ChinaPEpricesMarch22012.jpg

PE Margins Lowest On Record

By John Richardson

ANOTHER week has gone by with no evidence of significantly stronger polyethylene (PE) volumes in China.

Rising labour costs, because of mandated government increases in minimum wages, and the shortages of labour post-Lunar New Year, are still …

Continue Reading