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APIC: US Feedstock and Asia Optimism

By John Richardson

FEEDSTOCK advantages in the US and the continued economic rise of Asia were some of the themes of last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steam crackers are being planned in abundance in …

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Butadiene Oversupply Threat

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of talk at the moment about on-purpose butadiene, via the butane dehydrogenation process, because of the recent extreme market tightness .

The tightness is the result of a shift to lighter cracker feedstocks …

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The China Shale Gas Risk

By John Richardson

FIVE years ago everybody had written-off the US petrochemicals industry, but now the industry is incredibly gung-ho, thanks to shale gas – even if the issue of demand is somewhat more problematic.

In five years time, might …

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Costly Oil Hurts US Industry

 

By John Richardson 

THE higher that oil prices go the more the US petrochemical industry’s margins have expanded.

Petrochemical prices are oil-driven and, therefore, have to go higher as crude becomes more expensive, whereas the cost of shale gas-based ethane …

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US Euphoria

By John Richardson

THE shale gas advantage, along with the revival of the US economy, made for a euphoric atmosphere at last week’s International Petrochemicals Conference (IPC)* in San Antonio, Texas.

China was only a blip on the corner of …

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Confidence And Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

CONFIDENCE is a strange thing. It can be derived from solid reasons for optimism over the future or from temporary factors that can rapidly disappear.

And what is the value of publicly-expressed confidence? Is it often politically …

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A Tough Q2 For The US

 

By John Richardson

THE hard numbers, in the chart above, support anecdotal evidence we have been picking up for over a month of increased Asian polyethylene (PE) exports to Brazil and other Latin American countries.

It also confirms reports …

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Turning The US Story On Its Head

By John Richardson

THE big US petrochemicals story at the moment is, of course, shale gas and the potential it offers for the local industry to substantially expand capacity.

This would, in theory, give producers a strong position to export to …

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US Petchems: The Bigger Picture

By John Richardson

Access to cheap feedstock, access to cheap feedstock and access to cheap feedstock might seem like the three most-important elements to any petrochemicals strategy.

Thus, for many in the US, adding capacity based on abundant and therefore …

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Pricing To Struggle For The Rest of 2012

By John Richardson

Further confirmation of the themes we raised yesterday emerged from an interview with a senior polyolefin industry source, with some important new analysis.

Profitability in Asia is the worst of any of the three regions, he told …

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