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Gas, Gas, And Perhaps Even More Gas

By John Richardson

THE global petrochemicals industry is stepping on the gas as it accelerates both capacity expansions and the restructuring of existing assets. Apologies for the pun.

In the US, of course, some 25m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity is …

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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 …

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Weak margins hit earnings

By Malini Hariharan

It is the results season and numbers posted so far confirm that the last quarter has been rough with depressed demand, weak product prices and firm feedstock costs affecting earnings.

Siam Cement Group’s EBITDA for the chemicals …

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Rocky road ahead

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefin producers confront yet another challenging week.

The macro environment suggests that implementing price hikes for September cargoes will be difficult. Stock markets around the world continue to be jittery with concerns about a US recession …

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Saudi Arabia’s energy challenge

By Malini Hariharan

Saudi Arabia’s growing oil demand is rapidly becoming a matter of concern for the country’s planners. A new report forecasts that the Kingdom could fail to meet domestic demand in 2030 if current consumption trends are maintained. …

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China lends guiding hand to futures markets

The Chinese government appears to have an important objective to achieve while promoting commodity futures trading in the country?

A report in today’s Wall Street Journal says that the government is positioning its futures markets in setting world prices for …

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BASF seeks “decisive” change

Now this is old but not widely publicised – Jurgen Hambrecht’s comments during the BASF Segment Day Chemicals event which took place in London on 8 July.

Navigate down, click on the webcast, and listen to the Q&A session after …

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A new era of globalisation?

I was chatting to my good friend and contact Paul Hodges of International eChem yesterday.He believes we’ve entered globalisation part II, where the impact of higher raw material prices will trigger harmful inflation.
As Ben Bernanke has pointed out, oil …

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Iran could stop exporting oil by 2015

Quota cheating, lack of investment in oil infrastructure and incredibly low domestic gasoline and other oil-product prices mean that Iran could be forced to exit oil export markets by as early as 2015, according to Roger Stern of John Hopkins …

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ExxonMobil turns a light shade of green

Rex Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, displayed a careful balance between supporting the oil industry and expressing concern over climate change in a recent speech.Does this indicate a shift in direction at Exxon post Lee Raymond, or merely a more …

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