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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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Asian SM margins flip to positive for first time since May as ethylene slips
Singapore (Platts)--21 Oct 2014 1247 am EDT/447 GMT
Margins for non-integrated styrene monomer producers Monday, October 20, moved back into positive terrain for the first time in five months as ethylene prices fell and SM prices found support in shrinking inventories in China, Platts data shows.
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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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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.
US shale boom writes a tale of two emerging classes of gas carriers
Growing natural gas liquids production spurred by the US shale gas boom has stoked interest in new classes of ships to move ethane and LPG across oceans: very large ethane carriers and ultra large gas carriers.
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Platts: Podcasts
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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Asia enjoys bullish ethylene market, but how long will it last?
September 26, 2014 - Platts editors talk about the bullish ethylene market in Asia and the impact of cracker turnarounds on ethylene supplies in the region.
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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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