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Asian Polyolefins Markets Still Indicate Economic Slowdown

By John Richardson

ANOTHER week has led to another fall in Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices despite higher naphtha feedstock costs on stronger crude oil.

Pricing has been weak since the Lunar New Year Holidays, (15-21 February). Market …

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Petrochemicals Markets Point To Synchronised Global Downturn

By John Richardson

IF you repeat something enough times, such as the “emperor  is wearing clothes”, lots of people begin to believe it. So is the case with the widespread idea that we are in the midst of an unshakeable …

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Stock Markets: Real Implications For Petchems and Risks Of A “Cynical Bubble”

By John Richardson

WHEN stock markets are rising, the proverbial garden can look as if it is blooming with summer flowers without a weed in sight.

But the underlying data suggest wealth inequality is still a major issue in the …

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The Battle To Retain Metallocene Polyethylene Price Premiums

By John Richardson

THE ABOVE chart could be a sign of a long term trend where we see metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) price premiums over standard, or C4 grade, LLDPE film at lower levels.

We have already seen C6 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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In One Simple Chart: The Risk For Petchems From Crude

By John Richardson

Sometimes a simple chart is worth hundreds of words. A lot less than hundreds of words today, therefore, as you consider the above chart and these two key questions:

If the global economy was that strong, and/or…

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Asian Naphtha Cracker Spreads To Fall By 50% In 2018

By John Richardson

ASIAN naphtha cracker operators will see a 50% decline in average spreads, or differentials, between their raw-material costs and finished product prices in 2018 compared with last year, according to my forecasts in the above chart. This …

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Petchems Pricing Power, Operating Rates Tell Real Economic Story

By John Richardson

PETROCHEMICALS and polymers pricing power – how easily petrochemicals producers can pass-on higher oil prices to their customers – is a great measure of the strength of the overall global economy.

The reason is that petrochemicals are …

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