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Asian butadiene-naphtha spread dives more than $100/mt to four-month low
Tokyo (Platts)--20 Oct 2014 703 am EDT/1103 GMT

The Asian butadiene-naphtha spread dived $131.75/mt on the day to $345.13/mt Friday -- the lowest level since June 4 -- amid a quickly falling butadiene market due to rising supplies, Platts data showed Monday.
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.
Are European ethane imports a fig leaf for a depressed industry?
September 26, 2014 - The US shale gas phenomenon is finally causing waves in the European petrochemical market. But do these imports offer an empty promise to an otherwise depressed industry?
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