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August 21, 2014 (16:01)
After years of recession, the increasingly globalised automotive industry is expanding into fertile new markets. Platts editors analyze the challenges car makers face, the impact of steel prices, and the effects of narrowing price spreads on tire makers.
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BASF cuts global chemical production forecast on weak demand
London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 640 am EDT/1040 GMT
German chemical producer BASF said Friday expectations of a weaker global economy meant global chemical production would grow by just 4% this year and next, down from its previous estimate of 4.4% and 4.9% respectively.
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Bearish outlook for Asian propylene in 2015 as market sees oversupply
October 23, 2014 - Platts editors discuss the possible impact of the upcoming additional supply and the potential demand for propylene in Asia.
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European naphtha sees regional overhang, lower demand
October 09, 2014 - Assessing the recent weakness in European naphtha, with good availability of the distillate creating an overhang in the market.
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Blogs

Leave it to $80 crude to shake up US petrochemicals
There's something about $80/barrel crude that gets petrochemical markets in the US all riled up. As the energy complex slowly emerges from its latest dip, let's take a look at how some of these key markets fared over the past two weeks.
Another big petrochemical project in the US might hit some supply constraints
With the announcement of yet another new cracker project this week–this time, to be built in North Dakota–the US petrochemical industry could be reaching a tipping point in the shale gas revolution.
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Asian petrochemicals tumble to multi-year lows as crude plunges on demand woes
October 20, 2014
Asian petrochemical prices have dropped sharply amid tumbling crude values due to concerns about global growth and demand, Platts data showed.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

India to outweigh Chinese polyolefin demand growth over the next ten years
Globally, the regional growth centres for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are Asia, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East.
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