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Five forces shaping polymer markets in the Americas in 2016

February 09, 2016 (4:04)

Bernardo Fallas lists five themes to watch as polymer and petrochemical markets continue changing in the beginning of 2016, from the US to various parts of Latin America.

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New Orleans (Platts)--12 Feb 2016 534 pm EST/2234 GMT
US methanol consumers have started to show an increasing level of comfort with the security of supply and appear likely to increase their involvement in spot activity longer term, sources said Friday.
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News and Data Feature: Asian Petrochemical Margins

January 15, 2016
Asian petrochemical production margins were mostly positive in 2015 due to lower feedstock costs, despite the bearishness seen across global energy and commodity markets in the year, Platts analysis showed January 14.
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Naphtha more closely linked to crude oil
Platts calculated the correlation between ICE Brent crude futures and CFR Japan naphtha at 0.99 over 2012-2015, indicating the price of naphtha closely followed the movement in crude oil prices, and at 0.87 between crude and SM and 0.59 between crude and ethylene, indicating they were tracking crude oil prices less closely than naphtha.


December 21, 2015
Platts petrochemicals team discusses the Q4 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook, including expectations for polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand balances in 2016.
December 02, 2015
Gulf Coast petrochemical players acknowledge increasing competitiveness from US shale gas derived olefins and Chinese coal-to-olefin projects, but remain confident in their position as polyolefin cost leaders.
November 17, 2015
GPCA secretary-general Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun talks to Platts on how Gulf Coast country members of the GPCA are facing the challenges in the petrochemicals markets.
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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.

The Barrel Blog

February 02, 2016
Unlike ethane, naphtha is highly correlated with the price of oil. Therefore, fluctuations in global oil prices will have a major impact on steam crackers, particularly in Europe and Asia.
January 19, 2016
According to Platts Analytics, Saudi Arabia has 13 steam crackers currently operating with a total ethylene capacity of 15.7 million mt/year. For 2016, we expect capacity to reach 16.9 million mt.
January 18, 2016
There are hundreds of groups of US legislators huddled around special interests in the Congress, including several dozen organized around energy-related issues.
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Asian Petrochemicals methodology

Published August 2014

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

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