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Narrowing ethylene-naphtha spread has no effect on steam cracker run rates, 25th Oct 2018

Surplus supply of ethylene in Northeast Asia is likely to swell further in the coming months as Asian steam cracker operators shrug off the narrowing spread to naphtha and keep operating at high rates...Read More


Middle East refinery, petrochemicals output to surge by 2040: IEA, 25th Oct 2018

Refining and petrochemicals output from the Middle East will grow substantially over the next two decades, boosting the region's global market share of the two commodities groups, according to a long-term energy outlook from the International Energy Agency...Read More


East-West naphtha paper spread supports arbitrage to Asia from Europe, 17th Oct 2018

The naphtha East/West paper spread has eased back from a two-year high seen earlier this week but remained strong enough to allow further arbitrage flows to Asia from Europe, sources said Wednesday...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 15, 15th Oct 2018

A weakening yuan against the US dollar is expected to result in thin demand from China in some petrochemical markets this week, although propylene and methanol prices are expected to remain firm amid tight supply...Read More


EPCA 2018: Propylene imports into Europe mulled for next year amid numerous maintenances, 9th Oct 2018

The European propylene industry is looking for additional imports in the hope of securing sufficient volumes next year as domestic output is set to drop drastically amid numerous production outages planned for 2019, sources said at the sidelines of the 52nd annual EPCA conference in Vienna Tuesday...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 1, 1st Oct 2018

Activity in Asian petrochemical markets is expected to be thin this week due to the week-long National Day holiday in China over October...Read More


China to slap 10% tariff on US synthetic rubber, tire products, 19th Sep 2018

The synthetic rubber and tire market are being pulled into the US-China trade war, with China set to enforce a 10% tariff on various synthetic rubber and tire products originating in the US or Canada by Monday, according to China's Ministry of Commerce...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Sep 17, 17th Sep 2018

Demand and supply fundamentals, as well as the impact from a weakened yuan, will largely dominate Asian petrochemical markets in the week ahead. Paraxylene is expected to remain firm on strong November demand amid production issues in Asia, while benzene remains bearish due to an increase in supply for October and November...Read More


Upcoming cracker turnarounds to tighten olefins, polymers, lengthen naphtha market, 3rd Sep 2018

Several steam cracker maintenance programs scheduled in the September-October period are likely to drive up spot negotiations for olefins and polymers in the coming weeks...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c August 27, 27th Aug 2018

Demand in the Asian petrochemical markets are likely to remain mixed this week, with firm demand for purified terephthalic acid expected to give support to paraxylene prices. However, in the propylene market, higher supply following the restart of Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical's plant is expected to exert downward pressure on prices..Read More


Analysis: Naphtha may return as flavor of the month for Asia petchem makers, 23rd Aug 2018

Asia's petrochemical producers are actively contemplating to shift their focus back to naphtha as feedstock from September, as the narrowing of the LPG-naphtha price spread may reduce the appeal of LPG as an alternative steam cracker feedstock..Read More


Saudi Aramco approves SATORP, Motiva chemicals expansion plans, 15th Aug 2018

State energy giant Saudi Aramco has approved two major plans to expand its chemicals production inside the kingdom and in the US, the company said Wednesday..Read More


China's tariffs to target most, not all, new US PE output: ACC, 9th Aug 2018

The American Chemistry Council on Thursday revised its list of US petrochemicals and plastics targeted for $16 billion in retaliatory tariffs from China, removing a grade that will make up about one-fifth new US polyethylene capacity -- much of which is intended to meet Chinese demand through the next decade..Read More


Startup of Shintech steam cracker in Louisiana delayed: source, 10th Aug 2018

Contractor issues that led to a construction slowdown are delaying the startup of Shintech's $1.4 billion 500,000 mt/year ethane-fed steam cracker in Louisiana, a source familiar with company operations said Friday..Read More


Supply-demand, feedstocks to erode Europe's H2 polymer margins: Borealis CEO, 6th Aug 2018

European margins for polyolefins will weaken in the second half of this year because of higher feedstock costs and supply-demand issues, Alfred Stern, CEO of Austrian petrochemical major Borealis, said in a telephone interview Monday..Read More


Shintech moving ahead with Louisiana PVC chain expansion project, 23rd July 2018
Shintech is moving ahead with a $1.49 billion expansion of production along the entire polyvinyl chloride chain in Louisiana, the company and state officials said Tuesday..Read More


New US tariffs on China would include many petrochemicals, 11th July 2018

The Trump administration's latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods includes a long string of petrochemicals, both raw materials and items made from plastic..Read More

Korea's Lotte Chem to raise ethylene, propylene capacity by mid-Nov, 4th July 2018 

Singapore —  South Korea's Lotte Chemical will complete debottlenecking of its olefins production capacity at Yeosu by mid-November through the addition of a new LPG cracking furnace, as it looks to diversify its feedstock slate, a company source said Tuesday..Read More


Asian petrochemicals market outlook, w/c Jun 25, 25th June 2018

The Asian petrochemical markets this week will depend on the impact of environmental regulations tightening in China, plant outages and seasonal lull in demand..Read More


ASIA: The week ahead in petrochemicals, 18th June 2018

Crude oil price movements and the upcoming meeting in Vienna on June 22 among OPEC members and other oil exporters are factors that will influence the performance of Asian petrochemical markets this week. Weak demand in Asia or additional production from new plant start-ups could exert downward pressure on prices of some petrochemical products, such as benzene, toluene, propylene and polyethylene..Read More


Asia petrochemicals market outlook, w/c Jun 11, 11th June 2018 

Market participants are continuing to monitor demand and supply conditions, especially for paraxylene and butadiene, where trade participants are watching whether deepsea butadiene cargoes from Europe will be delivered into Asia on schedule. Meanwhile, styrene and toluene inventories appear to have drawn down while benzene stocks are on the rise..Read More


Austrian Borealis to expand German recycled polyolefins plant capacity, 5th June 2018 


Austrian-based Borealis will invest Eur15 million ($17.6 million) in expanding the processing capacity of its polyolefins recycling plant in Niedergebra, Germany, to 80,000 mt/year from 60,000 mt/year, the company said in a statement Tuesday..Read More


Polypropylene supplies into Europe lose luster as euro weakens, 24th May 2018 

Weakening value of the European single currency is making Europe less attractive for supplies of various polymers, including polypropylene, from outside of the region, market sources said this week..Read More


Japan's Mar ethylene, derivatives exports rise 17% on month, 16th May 2018 


Japan's ethylene and ethylene derivatives exports in March rose 16.7% from a month earlier to 197,500 ethylene equivalent ton, or EET, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement late Wednesday..Read More


Asian ethylene margin may shrink further after US exit from Iran deal, 9th May 2018 

The recent decision by the US to exit the Iran nuclear deal would likely slash the ethylene production margin in Asia because of the expected rise in the price of feedstock naphtha, sources said Wednesday..Read More


Growing US polyethylene production will mean lower prices for packaging grade: Borealis CEO, 4th May 2018 

Austrian petrochemicals producer Borealis is expecting increasing US polyethylene production to lead to lower prices for packaging grade PE, CEO Mark Garrett said Friday..Read More


SABIC to see continued growth in Chinese polymers markets: Executive VP, 30th Apr 2018 

SABIC's polymer business would see continued growth in China, amid a strong economic outlook, riding on continued growth in piping and the building and construction sectors, SABIC's executive vice president for petrochemicals Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh told S&P Global Platts at last week's ChinaPlas 2018..Read More


Analysis: Global ethylene balance skewed on new US capacity, Asian outages, 20th Apr 2018 

Global ethylene prices have seen a stark divergence recently, with the Atlantic Basin coming under increased pressure amid capacity additions in the US while the Asia-Pacific region has been strong on the back of outages..Read More


Naphtha arbitrage still open despite east/west spread dip to 18-month low, 11th Apr 2018 

The front-month naphtha east/west spread -- the premium of CFR Japan naphtha cargo swaps over the CIF NWE naphtha cargo swap -- narrowed to fresh 18 month lows Tuesday, despite reports that cargoes are still moving on an arbitrage basis from West of Suez to East Asia..Read More


US petrochemicals industry alarmed at potential China tariffs, 4th Apr 2018 


China's plan to impose 25% tariffs on 106 US products, in response to President Donald Trump's proposed import taxes on $50 billion in Chinese goods, includes several petrochemical products for which the Asian country is a critical export market, prompting a swift response from the industry's trade group..Read More


AFPM 2018: Consumer demand seen driving new petrochemical technology, feedstocks, 28th Mar 2018  

Growing global demand for plastics combined with a greater emphasis on sustainability will fundamentally change the petrochemical industry, driving the need for new infrastructure and innovation, a research analyst said..Read More


AFPM 2018: USGC still an attractive place for future petrochemical investments, 26th Mar 2018 

The US Gulf Coast remains to be the most attractive location for petrochemical investments in America, despite a growing Appalachian region, executives said Monday...Read More


Japan's Feb ethylene output falls 11% on month; naphtha imports slide 17%, 14th Mar 2018  

Japan's ethylene production in February fell 10.7% from a month earlier to 522,000 mt, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement Wednesday...Read More


Saudi Arabia eyes Indian crude market comeback, new downstream ventures, 25th Feb 2018 

Saudi Arabia was not bothered by "short-term fluctuations" in its share of crude oil supplies to India, the world's third largest importer, and was looking to take on new joint venture refinery projects in the country, energy minister Khalid al-Falih said Saturday...Read More


European producer Inovyn to expand ECU, VCM capacities in Norway, 14th Feb 2018

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