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Weak demand, collapse of arbitrage window between US, Asia drag benzene prices
September 17, 2014 - A look at current price trends in benzene markets and the arbitrage window between Asia and the US.
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Styrene monomer 2014 production margins sunk on flagging demand
September 04, 2014 - Assessing the state of halved production margins in SM thus far in 2014 compared to 2013, and the slow malaise plaguing spot demand.
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Colombia's Ecopetrol aims to normalize BTX production next week: sources
Houston (Platts)--19 Sep 2014 404 pm EDT/2004 GMT
Colombia's Ecopetrol aims to have production at its aromatics complex in Barrancabermeja normalized next week after a longer-than-expected restart process, a source with knowledge of company operations said Friday.
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The possible implications of Russian sanctions on Europe's polyethylene market
Recently, Russia has come under global political pressure due to its current geopolitical conflict with the Ukraine. Platts is looking at whether these pressure will filter down to the development of planned petrochemical projects.
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.
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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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