Archive | March, 2011

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Finally – a US cracker!

In the first of what we believe will be a wave of new investment in North American petrochemical capacity, Chevron Phillips Chemical has unveiled the first plans for a worldscale grassroots ethylene cracker in the US to take advantage of abundant supplies of shale gas. Recognize this as a watershed event. This is the first […]

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Small part, big deal

The economic impact from Japan’s crisis is beginning to be felt across the globe. Supply chain disruptions in the automotive and electronics sectors will take a bite out of chemical company profits in North America and Europe. One component in the supply chain can have a significant impact. For example, a shortage of engine-related micro […]

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Japan’s coming reconstruction

The unimaginable tragedy that struck Japan in the form of the record-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, compounded by the ongoing nuclear crisis, presents one of the greatest challenges ever for the nation. The images of the destruction and impact it is having on the people are heartbreaking, and we hope the country will recover soon and […]

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