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Posted on December 1st, 2017 by Nigel Davis in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
Margin data supplied by Shell to investment analysts show why petrochemical producers continue to ride high. In the third quarter, most other petrochemical sector players joined the energy major in reporting still healthy cracker margins. Continue reading “Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017” »
Posted on November 30th, 2017 by Christina Valimaki in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
It looks like manufacturing is coming back to the United States, but not in the way you might think. Although it felt like a futuristic novelty only a few years ago, 3D printing has exploded as a viable way to make products in all shapes, sizes and materials. Continue reading “3D Printing Offers Advantages to Companies and Consumers” »
Posted on November 28th, 2017 by Joseph Chang in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
An acquisition by LyondellBasell of Brazil-based polymers giant Braskem would make an excellent strategic fit, and would also be financially feasible with LyondellBasell’s strong and flexible balance sheet. Continue reading “LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique” »
Posted on November 9th, 2017 by Nigel Davis in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
European petrochemical industry players were upbeat at the 51st European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Berlin at the beginning of October.