The search for more basic petrochemicals
10th April 2008 by

Very interesting speech from Alan Kirkley, Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio for Shell Chemic...

History will surely repeat itself
8th April 2008 by

The mood at the recent NPRA International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas, was mixed,...

Is the last margin grab over?
24th March 2008 by

Shortly after I wrote this article (see below) on the doom and gloom surrounding China polyolefins m...

China growth under severe threat
5th February 2008 by

I could easily be accused of ceaseless pessimism, but growth in China is moderating – regardle...

Here we go again – 1997 is back…..
22nd January 2008 by

I sincerely hope not, but all the signs are there because of: *A financial crisis which nobody again...

China coal to benzene threatens
20th January 2008 by

With naphtha prices so high, heavy aromatics and pygas feedstock for producing benzene are not only ...

The flawed “science” of forecasting
20th November 2007 by

Maybe I’ve been to too many conferences this year, and indeed over the last decade, and have s...

Another great year for Asian polyolefins but……
27th September 2007 by

……how long will it last is the inevitable question. Demand growth has been so strong so ...

The fallout for petrochemicals from Iraq
1st August 2007 by

As everyone focuses on when the next downturn might arrive, macro issues such as the implications of...

China attempts to move up the value chain
27th July 2007 by

Petrochemical markets are being badly ruffled by two recent Chinese government decisions. In late Ju...

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