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Feature: Asia Petrochemicals Outlook 2015

February 18, 2015
Platts editors evaluate the major markets in the Asian petrochemical industry and analyze the key drivers of each product going into the rest of 2015, including supply/demand fundamentals, competition with other markets and trade flows.
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Asian purified terephthalic acid price stability pivots on tight supply balance
Asia's purified terephthalic acid producers will continue running at reduced rates this year with an eye on incremental demand from polyester producers.
Isomer-mixed xylene outlook hinges on paraxylene, crude
The Asian isomer-grade mixed xylene market will look to downstream paraxylene and upstream crude for direction for much of 2015.

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Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens

February 11, 2015 (16:41)

Benzene is a key part of the petrochemical industry and building block of modern life, and markets are finding changes accelerated by a shifting energy complex.

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European ethyl-benzene styrene monomer March costs rise Eur44/mt, first rise in 2015
London (Platts)--2 Mar 2015 848 am EST/1348 GMT
European ethyl-benzene styrene monomer production costs have risen Eur44/mt in March, the first rise in 2015 following the settlement of the benzene and ethylene contracts last week.
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The Barrel Blog

February 11, 2015
This analysis looks at a specific sector of the petrochemical market - coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins production - and evaluates how the changing relationship between coal and crude prices is impacting production economics in the largest growing petrochemical market in the world, China.
January 18, 2015
With oil prices at lows not seen in more than 5 1/2 years, the global petrochemical industry finds itself playing memory games as it craves some much-needed guidance regarding price behavior.
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Price Focus

European polyvinyl chloride spot prices fell a further Eur10/mt the w/e Nov 21 to Eur750/mt FD NWE, following the fall of Eur30/mt seen the w/e Nov 14. Decreases continue to be seen as an effect of a Eur90/mt fall in ethylene for November and a further fall expected in feedstock December, sources said. Sources also cited decreases in PVC prices to a seasonal lull in demand now felt in the market, pegging spot prices lower this week at Eur740-780/mt FD NWE as a result.

Petrochemical Infographics

Featuring global trade flows for polyethylene, this infographic also details surplus and deficit totals and includes key trend points, statistics and forecasts going out all the way to 2023.


Interview: Dorothee Arns, Petrochemicals Europe, on the strengths, weaknesses of the industry
February 17, 2015 - Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe on the strengths and weaknesses of the region's industry.
Polymer prices in the Americas seek floor in Q1
February 10, 2015 - Increasingly competitive naphtha prices are putting pressure on polymer prices in the US and Latin America, and polyethylene markets are being shaped by import and export forces worldwide.
Asian paraxylene-mixed xylene spread hits 10-month low
February 10, 2015 - Platts petrochemicals editors analyze the narrow paraxylene-mixed xylene spread and the impact of crude prices on isomer MX prices.
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Asian Petrochemicals methodologyPublished August 2014

The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.

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