Chemicals and the Economy

2018 will see Winners and Losers appear in plastics markets
1st April 2018 by

Two major challenges face petrochemical and polymer producers and consumers in 2018: The likely disr...

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European petrochemical output still below 2004 – 2007 levels
4th May 2017 by

The financial crisis began a decade ago, yet production of the key “building block products...

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Industry needs new strategy to spread benefits of globalisation
25th November 2016 by

The Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s election, confirm that we are in a New Normal world.  In ...

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China’s G20 shutdowns will impact global economy
10th June 2016 by

Imagine your government decided to shutdown most of the industry in two major cities for 2 weeks or ...

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Clouds gather over global polymer markets as China imports drop
1st June 2016 by

Difficult times lie ahead for global polymer markets.  It would be bad enough that downstream users...

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Lower oil prices support European cracker operating rates
15th April 2015 by

Who would have believed, a few years ago, that European cracker operators would see an operating rat...

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European ethylene volume at 1998 low
6th September 2012 by

European olefin markets had a miserable time in Q2. As the chart shows, based on APPE data, ethylene...

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Petchem volumes slide in all 3 major regions
30th May 2011 by

Volume is a key driver for chemical company profits. High volume means operating rates increase, red...

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Europe’s supply-led ethylene market continues
24th May 2011 by

Q1 saw near record margins for European petchem producers. And there was also a scramble for product...

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Asia’s olefin margins weaken vs Europe, USA
22nd February 2011 by

The ICIS weekly margin reports continue to provide essential reading for anyone in the petrochemical...

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