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Asian polypropylene prices market to remain steady despite fall in China property prices
Singapore (Platts)--1 Sep 2014 700 am EDT/1100 GMT
The impact of falling property prices in China was seen to be limited for the polypropylene market in the near term, despite the material's use in the construction sector, PP market participants said Monday.
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Plenty of US ethane still available for crackers
The US petrochemical market has seen a flood of investments over the past few years on the heels of a production boom in unconventional North American hydrocarbons.
Pertamina CEO finds ways around the Indonesian government
Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan seems to have it sorted out: If the state-owned company is to succeed, it must do so "despite" the government.
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Price spread between styrene and feedstock ethylene hits 3-year low in Asia
August 28, 2014 - Platts editors discuss the trends affecting the spread between styrene and ethylene, and the outlook for styrene in the next quarter..
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Volatility in the vinyl acetate monomer markets
July 29, 2014 - Platts EMEA petrochemicals editors discuss the volatility in the NWE VAM market and the arbitrage flows from other regions.
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News Features

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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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: The shale revolution and its impacts on aromatics supply, pricing and trade flows
The shale revolution in North America has seen steam cracker operators scramble to capitalise on cheap feedstocks particularly ethane. This on-going shift to lighter feed slates has however impacted on the heavier co-products such as propylene, butadiene and aromatics.
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