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August 07, 2014 (11:34)
Platts editors discuss the potential impact of Iranian capacity coming back on stream in the next two years; how additional supply from China's methanol projects could affect the gap between methanol prices in China and India; the impact of US shale on methanol, and the price relationship between methanol and natural gas and coal markets.
May 09, 2014 (12:33)
Amid slowing demand and a capacity glut, polyester margins are shrinking. And in turn, they have dragged feedstock paraxylene margins into the red. What does this portend? Platts editors discuss.
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Asian SM-ethylene spread narrows to 3-year low of $14.50/mt on weak SM
Singapore (Platts)--20 Aug 2014 553 am EDT/953 GMT
The spread between styrene monomer and feedstock ethylene narrowed to $14.50/mt Tuesday, its narrowest in more than three years, on softening SM prices and stable ethylene, Platts data showed.
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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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Platts: Podcasts
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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Review of upcoming Central, Eastern European polyethylene expansions
July 25, 2014 - Discussing upcoming capacity additions of polyethylene in Central and Eastern Europe and the likelihood of it smoothing the deficits in the region.
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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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