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Q2 setback for Korea

By Malini Hariharan

The margin pain experienced in Asia in the last quarter is clearly evident in the recently released results by South Korean majors Honam Petrochemical and LG Chem.

Honam’s operating profit for Q2 declined 36.8% from the previous …

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Dow To Sell PP to Braskem

DOW Chemical is to sell its polypropylene (PP) business to Brazil’s Braskem for $340m, according to our colleagues at ICIS news.

The blog is digging around for the implications for Dow in Asia.

For the time being, however, here are …

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China Auto Market Provides Clear Evidence

By John Richardson

DESTOCKING is obviously not the main driver of the decline in China’s polyolefins market, despite what a dwindling band of optimists are still arguing.

The glaringly transparent reason for the fallacy of the fading belief is a …

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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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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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Petronas mulls cracker at Kerteh

By Malini Hariharan

There is finally some movement at Petronas. After last month’s joint announcement with BASF on a study for a Euro1bn investment in speciality chemicals, news has emerged that the Malaysian major is also exploring the feasibility of …

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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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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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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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