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Spend Your Supply-Driven Profits On Managing Demand

By John Richardson IT has been a fantastic few months for Asia’s naphtha cracker industry as the above chart further illustrates. Even in the case of poor old, very heavily commoditised raffia-grade polypropylene (PP), variable cost margins so far this year for integrated naphtha-based players have averaged $389/tonne. The story is even better for low-density […]

Butadiene Market Standoff

By Malini Hariharan Just days after a recovery in butadiene prices, downstream synthetic rubber producers are once again threatening to cut production as weak demand has pushed them in to a tight corner. Asian major Korea Kumho Petrochemical is looking at trimming the operating rate at its 210,000 tonnes/year polybutadiene rubber (BR) plant to 85%, and also […]

Global Polymers Demand Up 4.5% In 2011

By Malini Hariharan Despite challenging market conditions in 2011, the global polymers industry managed to post demand growth of 4.5%, with the largest increase recorded by polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at 6.2% and linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) at 5.8%, estimates Fabrizio Galie of the ICIS consulting team. Global demand for commodity polymers, including PE, polypropylene (PP), […]

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