Asia top stories – weekly summary

ICIS Editorial

01-Apr-2024

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Here are the top stories from ICIS News Asia and the Middle East for the week ended 28 March 2024.

Asia PX supply to decrease; demand outlook uncertain
By Samuel Wong 28-Mar-24 13:08 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Supply for paraxylene (PX) in Asia is expected to gradually decrease heading into the second quarter of 2024 as a result of several planned maintenance shutdowns.

INSIGHT: GCC signs deal with Turkey to start FTA talks as part of diversification plans
By Nurluqman Suratman 28-Mar-24 00:54 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) recent deal with Turkey to launch negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) further signals the bloc’s commitment to diversify away from oil revenues.

PODCAST: A tale of two olefins – diverging trends in Asia’s olefins markets
By Julia Tan 27-Mar-24 19:11 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Asia’s ethylene (C2) market will see northeast Asia supply in Q2 remain ample on the back of relatively high run rates at northeast Asian crackers.

Saudi Aramco eyes further chemical investments in China with local partners
By Nurluqman Suratman 26-Mar-24 12:03 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–China has a “vitally important” place in Saudi Aramco’s global investment strategy, with the energy giant actively developing additional investment opportunities with its Chinese partners in the chemicals sector, Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser said.

China’s Sinopec 2023 profit falls 13% as chemicals incur loss for second year
By Fanny Zhang 25-Mar-24 15:14 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Chinese producer Sinopec posted a 12.9% decrease in full-year 2023 net profit as product prices fell across the board, dragged down by operating losses in chemicals.

Asia PC makers grapple with poor Chinese demand
By Li Peng Seng 25-Mar-24 10:57 SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Asia’s polycarbonate (PC) makers have been struggling to raise prices in China recently due to slow demand, while production costs continue to rise.

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