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Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The economic recoveries in Brazil and Argentina are trickling down to the nation’s chemical industries, which are seeing demand rise and – in Argentina – the possibility of new capacity. These were among the highlights of this year’s annual meeting held by the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA), which ended Tuesday 14 November. Continue reading “Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights” »

Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017

Posted on December 1st, 2017 by 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” »

LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by 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” »

Asia’s next shift in petrochemicals to be led by China and India

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

APIC-Sapporo
While a good amount of buzz at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Sapporo, Japan, on 18-19 May, was on the coming wave of US ethylene and derivatives capacity and its potential impact, Asia itself is undergoing major structural shifts with implications for global markets.
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