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Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Al Greenwood 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” »
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 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 2nd, 2017 by Joseph Chang in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
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.
Continue reading “Asia’s next shift in petrochemicals to be led by China and India” »