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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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No escaping the squeeze

By Malini Hariharan

With naphtha crossing $1000/tonne yesterday Asian petrochemical producers reliant on this feedstock remain caught in a tight spot. Costs are continuously rising while market direction for key derivatives is uncertain.

Ethylene and propylene prices are holding firm …

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Polyolefin numbers look good

By Malini Hariharan

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The blog is in undertaking the difficult task of collecting demand numbers for polyolefins across major Asian markets. Preliminary estimates show that demand growth has been quite healthy in the two major markets – …

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Looking West for support

By Malini Hariharan

As Asian markets head towards a quiet week, producers are probably hoping that developments in other regions will support their efforts to raise prices once trading resumes after the Chinese New Year holidays in the first week …

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Letting supply lead the way

By Malini Hariharan

Conventional wisdom suggests that it is best to build a plant where the market is. But can ready availability of material develop markets.

Take the case of India. In an interesting presentation at India Chem last week, …

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Howling At the Moon And PE Price Discussions

 

 

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By John Richardson

 

CHINA’S surprise decision earlier this week to raise interest rates – the first rate rises since December 2007 – has badly dented sentiment in the polyethylene (PE) …

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China MTO/MTP – one more project starts

By Malini Hariharan

Shenhua Ningxia has finally produced onspec propylene at its new 470,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant after starting trial operations last month.

This marks the successful start of China’s first MTP project, which is also the world’s largest. …

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India contributes to Asian growth story

By Malini Hariharan

Yes, the Indian economy is growing and propping up demand for all polymers.

The blog had highlighted a few weeks back that polypropylene (PP) demand expanded by 13% during the April-July period and the expectations are that …

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Saudi Kayan commercial production delayed to end-2011?

By Malini Hariharan

Sabic’s Saudi Kayan appears to be heading down the same road as other recent Saudi petrochemical projects.

After starting up a 1m tonnes/year cracker and a mono ethylene glycol (MEG) facility, a local media report states that …

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PO demand slows, will prices slide?

By Malini Hariharan

After a fairly steady climb Asian polyolefin markets have hit the pause button.

Demand for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in China and Southeast Asia has weakened but this development has so far been balanced out by …

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