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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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SCC decreases August US methanol contract price by 3 cents/lb: letter
Houston (Platts)--29 Jul 2014 1218 pm EDT/1618 GMT
US methanol distributor Southern Chemical decreased its domestic August methanol contract by 3 cents to $1.37/gal FOB US Gulf, the company said Tuesday in a letter to customers.
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Podcasts

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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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Blogs

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.
Guest blog: El Niño: ¿Dónde está el dinero?
Jodie M. Gunzberg, the global head of commodity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at the possibility of an El Nino weather system developing and what it means for commodities.
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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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