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Feature: Global Polymers Pricing Analysis

October 27, 2016
NWE LDPE contract prices were assessed at Eur1,460/mt FD October 26, concluding the month of October at a rollover on September prices. In Brazil, LDPE pricing was down $30/mt for the week to $1,335-1,345/mt CFR basis, based on lower pricing from the US.
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LLDPE: Southeast Asia stable; „„FAS butene prices reach six-month low in the US
LLDPE assessments in Asia were stable to lower this week, with spot pricing down $30/mt for the period. US LLDPE FAS Houston assessments fell as market participants were seeing lower pricing levels amid signs of increased availability for exporters.
HDPE: Bullish ethylene expectations in Europe prevent cheaper HDPE; India market bearish
HDPE pricing was stable to lower in Asian markets this week, with firm pricing seen in China and slowing demand in India ahead of the Diwali holiday.

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October 13, 2016
Worldwide polyethylene production is seen to grow from 84.7 million mt in 2015 to 121 million mt by 2026.
August 19, 2016
Prema Viswanathan on the recent announcement by energy major BP which says it is looking to divest 50% of its stake in its Chinese petrochemicals joint venture SECCO.
August 05, 2016
Petrochemicals are offering growth as energy companies struggle with lingering low crude prices, though there are some setbacks.
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Singapore (Platts)--28 Oct 2016 545 am EDT/945 GMT
China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, subsidiaries have raised its ex-works orthoxylene offers in East China to Yuan 6,450/mt, equivalent to about $796/mt on an import parity basis, from Tuesday, up Yuan 150/mt, a source close to the matter said Friday.
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Chemical Analysis video

How is the US shale boom panning out on global petrochemicals markets?

2016-09-23 11:09:28 EST

Analyzing the latest developments in US ethane exports and related current and future crude, naphtha and NGLs pricing trends and impact on cracker margins in Europe.

Price Focus

Stay one step ahead with the latest petrochemicals prices, news and market commentaries for a range of petrochemical products including naphtha feedstocks, aromatics, olefins, and polymers.


Platts Global Polyolefins Outlook helps you understand how today's wide cracking margins are incentivizing a rush for new capacity and how this might erode the US feedstock advantage post 2017, providing a global outlook on polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand out to 2026.


Phase out of mercury cell technology in European chlor-alkali sector
September 29, 2016
- Dolf van Wijk, executive director of Euro Chlor, assesses the EU's chlor-alkali deadline for the phase out of mercury cell technology by December 2017 and the likely impact on the sector.
Improving the competitiveness of European petrochemicals: room for growth?
September 26, 2016
- Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic petrochemicals programme, talks about how low oil prices have improved the competitiveness of European petchem producers.
Europe's 'bright' ethane future
September 20, 2016
- Evergas CEO, Steffen Jacobsen, talks about the future of transatlantic ethane trade and how Evergas and Ineos have pioneered it.
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Asia-Pacific Petrochemicals methodology

Published September 2016

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