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Feature: Global Aromatics Pricing Analysis

January 11, 2017
Asian propylene is likely to face pressure from a supply glut in 2017 with fewer steam crackers scheduled to undergo maintenance and propane dehydrogenation plants that started up in 2015 or early 2016 seeing more stable production, according to sources.
Supply overhang to weigh on Asian propylene market
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US propylene market eyes more length in 2017
US propylene market eyes more length in 2017
The US propylene market is bracing for another bearish year in pricing and more exports as a major capacity addition in the US Gulf Coast is expected to further lengthen supply in 2017.
Asian expansion to increase European propylene imports
Asian expansion to increase European propylene imports
A gradual rise in European propylene and polypropylene imports seen in 2016 is expected to continue in 2017.

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Houston (Platts)--23 Mar 2017 422 pm EDT/2022 GMT
The April US butadiene contract price received an initial nomination from ExxonMobil and Shell Chemicals for a 17 cents/lb reduction, market sources confirmed on Thursday, following the massive global drops in price over the past month.
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The Barrel Blog

March 21, 2017
Over 2000 container industry players descended upon TPM at Long Beach, end February, where one key theme I took away was the hesitancy to embrace price transparency.
January 30, 2017
Smaller TEU vessels have struggled to find a logical home since the Panama Canal expansion as logistics companies are utilizing the neo-Panamax gauge for economies of scale.
January 23, 2017
The world is becoming an ever smaller place and the ability to conduct business with the most competitive companies globally is paramount for survival. What next for the smaller TEU fleet?
January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
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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

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.


Polymer volumes poised to pick up on US railroads as resin producers target exports
February 22, 2017
- Last year, CSX's chemical segment surpassed coal as the railroad's largest revenue generator as it and other railroads are moving more resin and years of polymer production growth is coming.
How will European producers cope without anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET?
February 17, 2017
- Our editors discuss how the European Commission’s decision to drop anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET will affect European producers.
BPF outlines UK's plastic industry's Brexit concerns
January 27, 2017
- Mike Boswell, chair of the Brexit Committee at the British Plastic Federation assesses the challenges for an import dependent UK plastics industry post Brexit.
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