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Asian ethylene/naphtha spread at widest in 4 years despite deepsea supply
Tokyo (Platts)--18 Sep 2014 1122 pm EDT/322 GMT

The Asian ethylene/naphtha spread widened $16.50/mt day on day to $683.38/mt Thursday, September 18, driven by bullish ethylene despite an expected influx of deepsea European ethylene supply, Platts data showed. The spread was last wider February 2, 2010, at $691.38/mt.
Metals and petrochemicals lead the way for changes in automotive input costs
August 21, 2014 10:30:00 EST

After years of recession, the increasingly globalised automotive industry is expanding into fertile new markets. Tim Worledge, Emanuele Norsa and Miguel Cambeiroanalyse the challenges car makers face to build more efficient, lower emission emitting vehicles; the impact of lower steel prices and the development of speciality steels on car manufacturing; and how the narrowing price spread between natural rubber and butadiene prices has been a boon for tire makers.
US shale boom impacts Asian petrochemicals
May 14, 2014 - The US shale gas boom has triggered a reversal of the mixed xylenes arbitrage with Asia, making it economical to send Asian material to the US, where the ongoing shift to lighter feedstocks has cut aromatics yields by as much as 55%, sources said.
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