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A clearer view into the second wave of US petchem projects

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The visibility into the second leg of US petrochemical expansions is getting clearer. While many projects were shelved or in doubt amid the crude oil price decline in 2014-2015, the recent relative stability in oil coupled with a renewed sense of optimism on long-term global demand growth is spurring a new round of project announcements and activity. Continue reading “A clearer view into the second wave of US petchem projects” »

Brazil’s recovery to strengthen in second half

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Executives and managers from several plastic producers expect Brazil’s economy to start a sustained recovery in the second half of the year, ending the nation’s worst recession since the Great Depression. Continue reading “Brazil’s recovery to strengthen in second half” »

Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The natural soda ash market in the US is seeking to maintain its competitiveness relative to the Chinese synthetic soda ash industry, the main global competitor for US soda ash. Downstream, about 50% of soda ash goes into glass-making production, which is utilised in the automotive industry and building trades in the US and exported globally. Continue reading “Us Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks To Maintain Global Competitiveness” »

Europe Petrochemical Producers to Hike Naphtha Use in Crackers

Posted on March 14th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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BASF’s cracker in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Source: BASF

European petrochemical producers are set to increase¬†the use of feedstock naphtha in steam cracking,¬†particularly¬†in coastal areas, because of higher cracker margins, good availability and a bullish outlook¬†on co-products. Continue reading “Europe Petrochemical Producers to Hike Naphtha Use in Crackers” »

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