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In Search Of Smart Customers

By John Richardson

JUST about every Asian cracker operator is losing money right now, according to a polyolefin industry source.

And the above chart indicates that margins are wafer-thin in Northeast Asia because of the unexpected weakness in the China …

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China Higher-Value Processors Exert More Pressure

By John Richardson

ALTHOUGH overall Chinese polyethylene (PE) demand, as we feared would happen, has fallen back to Q1-Q3 2012 levels (current sentiment suggests that it could be even lower), higher-value segments of the industry continue to do very well.…

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Death By A Thousand Cuts

By John Richardson

COST cutting and disciplined operating rates have been two of the factors that have helped maintain European cracker and polyethylene (PE) profitability at pretty healthy levels since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

So …

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