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US sees PE exports reach record levels in 2018: Census data, 8th Mar 2019

The US exported record polyethylene volumes in 2018 amid a backdrop of increased production and weak domestic demand, Census Bureau data shows...Read More


Dow aims to supply 100,000 mt of recycled plastics in products by 2025, 5th Mar 2019

Petrochemical producer Dow Energy is aiming to supply 100,000 mt of recycled plastics in its products to customers in Europe by 2025, the company's director of sustainability and advocacy, Kate Geraghty, said Friday...Read More


Cracker outages in Europe to have mixed impact on Asian petrochemical market, 5th Mar 2019

Market sources said Dow Chemical shut down its steam cracker in Boehlen, Germany, due to some problems. The steam cracker is able to produce 560,000 mt/year of ethylene, 310,000 mt/year of propylene and 104,000 mt/year of butadiene. The aromatics unit adjacent to the cracker has an annual benzene capacity of 320,000 mt/year...Read More


Japan's Jan PVC output rises 2% on month amid high operating rates, 20th Feb 2019

Japan's PVC production in January rose 2% from a month earlier to 157,147 mt, the Vinyl Environmental Council, or VEC, said in a statement Wednesday...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Feb 11, 11th Feb 2019

With markets reopening this week after the Lunar New Year holidays, participants in most markets are anticipating restocking activity will spur a price uptick, although high inventory levels of some products could lead to pockets of selling interest...Read More


Kuwait weighs a bigger future in plastics as it considers a fourth petrochemical complex, 28th Jan 2019

KPC CEO Hashem Hashem said Tuesday the company was mulling a potential fourth petrochemicals complex, called Olefins-4, to produce plastics, though he did not provide any details...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Jan 28, 28th Jan 2019

Trading activity would likely be thin in most petrochemical product markets this week as the Lunar New Year holiday season is approaching...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Jan 21, 21st Jan 2019

Trading activity would likely be thin in most petrochemical products this week as the Lunar New Year holiday season is approaching. Spot olefins demand -- especially for ethylene and propylene -- may firm this week due to last-minute restocking...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Jan 14, 14th Jan 2019

In the week ahead, fundamentals are mixed in the Asia petrochemical sector with the olefins markets expecting a slight rally as buyers return to replenish inventory ahead of the Chinese New Year holidays...Read More


H1 Outlook: US ethylene market to see delayed capacity online, 8th Jan 2019

For 2019, the US ethylene market is expected to see a continuation of additional capacity coming online. The market will remain oversupplied and the added capacity would continue to lengthen the market, potentially putting additional downward pricing pressure on the market...Read More


H1 Outlook: Asia butadiene, SBR mixed amid maintenance season, trade war uncertainty, 2nd Jan 2019

The Asian butadiene market is likely to be stable to firm in the first half of 2019 as tight supplies from heavy plant maintenance may be offset by additional capacity expansions as well as bearish downstream markets, sources said...Read More


Asian petrochemicals outlook, w/c Dec 17, 17th Dec 2018

The Asian petrochemicals market is likely to remain steady with a number of market participants engaged in term contract negotiations this week, coupled with upstream crude oil prices stabilizing at $60/b last week...Read More


US exports of polyethylene surge to record high in October: USITC, 7th Dec 2018

US October exports of polyethylene climbed for a third consecutive month to reach a record high, according to data released Friday by the US International Trade Commission...Read More


Asian petrochemicals outlook, w/c Dec 3, 3rd Dec 2018

The Asian petrochemicals market was affected by the continued decline in upstream crude oil prices, with the ICE Brent crude oil futures down 4% week on week Friday...Read More


Analysis: GCC petchems moving away from gas feed, seek new pastures, 3rd Dec 2018

Almost forty years after gas was first 'cracked' in the Gulf Cooperation Council, the region's petrochemical industry is not only moving away from gas, it is looking for pastures away from region itself...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 19, 19th Nov 2018

Supply of propylene, benzene and styrene monomer was expected to remain ample in the Asian petrochemical market this week, while the US-China trade tensions continues to cast a pall over high density polyethylene as orders for toys, plastic bags and packaging material are canceled...Read More


Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 12, 12th Nov 2018

The Asian petrochemicals market continues to be impacted by US-China trade tensions this week after paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid and polyethylene posted price declines last week while butadiene and ethylene posted modest gains ahead of seasonal spot buying in December...Read More


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 

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