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US ethylene market expects more supply in summer
May 29, 2015
Spot ethylene prices have been rangebound along the US Gulf Coast recently, but as US editor Pavel Pavlov explains, some big events are on the horizon this summer.
Interview: Wim Roels, Borouge, on adapting to changes in the polymer markets
May 29, 2015
Borouge chief executive Wim Roels talks to Platts editors about China's drive toward self-sufficiency in polypropylene, his company's business strategy in Asia and expansion projects in China.
What is causing the Asian benzene price plunge?
May 19, 2015
Platts editors analyze the cause of falling benzene prices and the factors that could potentially lend it some support.
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Data Feature: Global Solvents Pricing Overview

May 14, 2015
The European spot price of acetone added Eur40/mt on the week and was assessed at Eur800/mt FD NWE.
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Hexane: European truck prices up; US spot prices remain stable
Northwest European hexane truck prices were assessed up Eur15/mt at Eur780/mt FD NWE.
Phenol: European spot price falls; Asia price down
Asian phenol fell $15/mt on week, assessed at $1,020/mt CFR China on May 12 as supply tightness in China eased further.

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LyondellBasell suffers upset at Channelview, Texas, methanol unit: filing
Houston (Platts)--29 May 2015 355 pm EDT/1955 GMT
LyondellBasell encountered an upset at the Channelview, Texas, methanol unit that required attention on Friday, the company said in an environmental filing.
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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.

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

May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
May 19, 2015
The US dollar has fallen sharply over the past few months following an impressive push upward for nearly a year.
April 15, 2015
For two years, US polyethylene prices climbed higher and higher. For two years, feedstock prices had little-to-no impact on domestic polyethylene contracts. Upward or downward shifts in domestic demand seemed to have little effect.
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Asian Petrochemicals methodologyPublished August 2014

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