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October 07, 2015
Many petrochemical companies are exploring the opportunities from the new supply of natural gas liquids derived from shale gas developments in Canada.
September 25, 2015
Platts Ben Gonzalez asks what do you do if you are a naphtha cracker high on the cost curve producing in Europe and Asia?
August 28, 2015
Petrochemicals play a vital role in American football, from the plastics in the equipment used to play the sport to the artificial turf to the souvenirs and cups for beverages.
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Commodity Pulse Video

US MTBE finds competition for Latin American markets

October 02, 2015 (5:54)

The US MTBE market has been shaken by some big news this year, and Q4 could see an uptick of demand for gasoline blending as South America heads into its summer.

Platts Analysis Feature: Global Polymer Pricing Analysis

September 25, 2015
US low-density polyethylene export prices were talked stable-to-higher on the week, with some market participants saying resin remained difficult to source. European LDPE spot prices fell on continued flat demand due to bearish price expectation.
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LLDPE: European prices fall on weak demand, Asian buyers take position ahead of China holidays
European LLDPE prices fell this week on weak demand, while Asian prices rose reflecting higher futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange.
HDPE: Market stable in Brazil amid weak currency, plant turnarounds prop up prices in Asia
In Brazil, HDPE import assessments remained stable on week, as multiple participants said prices from Asia and the US were talked stable.

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Weaker Asian currencies, regional economies seen to limit polymer price rebound
September 14, 2015
With various macroeconomic issues hounding Asia, trade sources say rebound in polymer prices may be limited in the remaining months of 2015.
Tumbling toluene, MX prices in US speak to lower gasoline, downstream demand
August 14, 2015
Over the past month, US toluene and mixed xylene prices have both fallen more than 20% as gasoline blending demand has fallen.
Will rising demand, tightening supply be enough to support Asian vinyl acetate monomer prices in H2?
August 11, 2015
VAM prices have been falling since the start of 2015. Platts editors delve into factors that could give prices a boost in the next few months.
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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.

News Headlines

Tokyo (Platts)--9 Oct 2015 742 am EDT/1142 GMT
Japan's ethylene production in September fell 3.6% from a month earlier to 573,900 mt, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said late Thursday.
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