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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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Indian PP producers benefit from strong growth

By Malini Hariharan

Indian polypropylene (PP) demand continues to remain strong with most end-use sectors showing good growth and it is local producers who are catering to the additional requirement.

Polypropylene (PP) demand is estimated to have expanded by 13% …

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China’s Unstoppable Consumption Juggernaut?

 

 

The major long-term shift in US refinery economics and C3s

 

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By John Richardson

CHINA will account for around one-third of global polypropylene (PP) consumption by the middle of this decade, up …

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Saudi PP producers react; put pressure on India

By Malini Hariharan

The Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is speaking up on behalf of Saudi producers who are worried about the Indian government’s recent ruling on dumping of polypropylene (PP).

The Indian position, outlined in a disclosure statement, …

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China’s coal chemical projects take shape

By Malini Hariharan

The first of China’s major coal-based chemical projects has finally started trial operations.

ICIS news reports that methanol has been fed at Shenhua Baotou’s 600,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant at Baotou, in inner Mongolia. The unit can …

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Kuwait plans another cracker

By Malini Hariharan

Despite doubts about availability of gas, its cost and viability of using naphtha or other feedstocks, companies from the Middle East are continuing to plan new petrochemical projects.

The latest is Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) which …

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Operating problems strike Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

Just when polyolefin markets have started recovering operating issues are cropping up at plants in Asia.

ExxonMobil was forced to shut its 600,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) plant in Singapore on Tuesday for two weeks due to undisclosed …

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Saudi PP producers risk more dumping claims

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

Saudi polypropylene (PP) producers could potentially be hit by anti-dumping duties (ADD) and other duties from more countries if an Indian ruling on an ADD petition sets a legal precedent, said a senior trade …

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Managing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A spurt in Chinese buying enquiries in the last few days has awakened hopes in some quarters of an upturn in polyolefin pricing with one trader predicting a $50-70/tonne rise in the coming weeks.

The prediction, he …

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Crunch time for Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

August could well be the time for some tough decisions by Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers. Demand has languished for the last three months and although many are hoping for a recovery at the end …

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