Port of Tarragona’s plans to become a Mediterranean petrochemical hub
Interview with Camille Marty, liquid bulk business manager at the Port of Tarragona, on the port’s plans to become a hub for the petrochemical industry in the Mediterranean.
Phase out of mercury cell technology in European chlor-alkali sector
Dolf van Wijk, executive director of Euro Chlor, assesses the EU's chlor-alkali deadline for the phase out of mercury cell technology by December 2017 and the likely impact on the sector.
Improving the competitiveness of European petrochemicals: room for growth?
Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic petrochemicals programme, talks about how low oil prices have improved the competitiveness of European petchem producers.
Europe's 'bright' ethane future
Evergas CEO, Steffen Jacobsen, talks about the future of transatlantic ethane trade and how Evergas and Ineos have pioneered it.
Bearish fundamentals facing the European chemical sector in H2 2016
Interview with Laura Lopez, analyst at Germany's Baader Bank on European chemical utilizations rates and the potential bearish fundamentals for H2 2016.
Ineos director Tom Crotty on the group's petrochemical operations post-Brexit
Listen to Ineos director Tom Crotty discuss the state of the group's UK operations at present and going forwards in the aftermath of Brexit.
Key themes from the Q2 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
Our analysts discuss the demand/supply fundamentals of polypropylene, the likelihood of a bullish supply case for PP, and what the key demand centers for the polyolefin will be.
Key themes from the Q1 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
Platts analysts discuss the effects of the Middle East feedstock price changes at the end of 2015-early 2016 on the petrochemicals markets in 2016.
Excess supply weighs on US aromatics prices, markets hope for more demand
US benzene, toluene and mixed xylene prices have been pressured by excess supply, including benzene imports from Asia at the beginning of the year.
Key themes from the Q4 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
Platts petrochemicals team discusses the Q4 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook, including expectations for polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand balances in 2016.
Gulf petrochemical majors confident of competing against shale gas, coal-to-olefin developments
Gulf petrochemical players acknowledge increasing competitiveness from US shale gas derived olefins and Chinese coal-to-olefin projects, but remain confident in their position as polyolefin cost leaders.
Interview: GPCA's Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun on challenges in petrochemical markets in 2016 and beyond
GPCA secretary-general Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun talks to Platts on how Gulf Coast country members of the GPCA are facing the challenges in the petrochemicals markets.
After US MTBE prices hit nine-month lows, Q4 demand could provide stability
Production costs for MTBE frequently rise in the fourth quarter as butane demand rises for winter, heating and fuel use, and MTBE prices also dip in Q4 as gasoline prices fall.
Key themes from the Q3 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook
Platts looks at key themes from the Q3 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook report, including the impact of economic uncertainty in China on polyethylene demand.
Weaker Asian currencies, regional economies seen to limit polymer price rebound
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
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?
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.
Chinese DOP imports seen rising despite weakness in plastics, PVC
Platts editors discuss factors affecting the oxo-alcohol markets in Asia, particularly the surge in demand for dioctyl phthalate.
Polymer buyers in Latin America ask how low prices can go
Prices for polymers in Latin America have drifted lower recently, and it's a stressful time to be a seller in the markets at the moment.
After-effects of oil price drop, easing of Iranian sanctions on polymer margins
Analyzing issues of concern to the polymer market, including falling oil prices, the easing of Iranian sanctions and a review of the regional polyethylene supply/demand balances.
Benzene market in US sees supply, pricing shifts
The US benzene market has struggled with excess inventories, but dynamics are changing as imports are shrinking and arbitrage opportunities opened up.
Impact of unusual number of European cracker outages on olefins, aromatics
Assessing the impact the unusual numbers of cracker outages has had on olefin and aromatic prices.
US ethylene market expects more supply in summer
Spot ethylene prices have been rangebound along the US Gulf Coast recently, but as US petrochemicals 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
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?
Platts editors analyze the cause of falling benzene prices and the factors that could potentially lend it some support.
What keeps Asian polymer market players awake at night?
There was considerable anxiety over oil price volatility and its impact on petrochemical margins at the recent Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference in South Korea, Platts editors observe.
China PTA futures, spot prices firm; paraxylene prices in backwardated curve
Prices of purified terephthalic acid have firmed up after unexpected plant outages in China affected supply, while India has lifted anti-dumping duties on China PTA.
Tight supply makes waves in US methanol markets
Global supply tightness kicked up methanol prices in the US, where Q1 turnarounds along the US Gulf Coast, strong export demand and natural gas shortages has the market eagerly awaiting new units coming online.
European petrochemicals post-2014 oil crash sees increased margins, volatility
Nandita Lal talks to Platts analyst Hetain Mistry about the increases in both margins and volatility in the European petrochemical industry since mid-2014.
Asian polypropylene producers enjoy healthy margins, but are they sustainable?
With polypropylene prices spiking in South Asia recently, Platts editors look at the factors that are giving the market a boost, the impact of a PP surplus in South Asia, and the slowing demand in China.
US polymer markets await price and supply changes
US polymer editors talk over the big topics of North American polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene markets prior to the NPE 2015 International Plastics Showcase.
Interview: Dorothee Arns, Petrochemicals Europe, on the strengths, weaknesses of the industry
orothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe, the petrochemicals programme of Cefic, talks on the strengths and weaknesses of Europe's petrochemical industry; the outlook for shale gas and LPG cracking.
Polymer prices in the Americas seek floor in Q1
Increasingly competitive naphtha prices are putting pressure on polymer prices in the US and Latin America, and polyethylene markets are being shaped by import and export forces worldwide.
Asian paraxylene-mixed xylene spread hits 10-month low
Platts petrochemicals editors analyze the narrow paraxylene-mixed xylene spread and the impact of crude prices on isomer MX prices.
Interview: Yves Heroes, KemOne, on the challenges facing the EU PVC market
Yves Heroes, Director of Sales and Marketing at KemOne joins editors Amar Carmody and Daved Chohan to discuss one of the challenges currently facing the EU PVC market.
Arbitrage economics support US benzene, styrene markets
US petrochemicals editors explain how the benzene market is currently being driven by an open arbitrage window in the derivative styrene market.
US ethylene market sees production open up as 2014 draws to close
US spot ethylene was near a 30-month low this week following market talks of production expansions and restarts, and the end of December could bring all US ethylene producers into operation.
Asian PTA market stabilizes after weakness; new capacities to lengthen supply
Platts editors discuss the factors affecting PTA prices in the region; the ways Asian producers are coping with China's capacity expansions; and market's expectations on PTA prices in 2015.
Ineos announces £640 mil ($1 bil) investment in UK shale gas industry
Platts editors discuss the current uptrend seen in European caustic soda prices amid tightened supply; an EU ruling which forces up to 26% of chlor-alkali plants to move away from mercury production.
Caustic soda prices move up after falling four consecutive quarters
Petrochemical prices in some US markets crumble as crude oil falls
Platts Americas petrochemical editors discuss how falling crude oil dragged some aromatics prices to their lowest points in years, while olefins markets are dealing with other price influences.
Bearish outlook for Asian propylene in 2015 as market sees oversupply
Platts editors discuss the possible impact of the upcoming additional propylene supply in Asia; the demand for propylene; and the outlook for the olefin and its derivatives.
Asia enjoys bullish ethylene market, but how long will it last?
Platts editors talk about the bullish ethylene market in Asia, the spread between ethylene and feedstocks as well as derivative products, and the impact of cracker turnarounds on ethylene supplies in the region.
Weak demand, collapse of arbitrage window between US, Asia drag benzene prices
Platts editors discuss the current price trends in benzene markets, prices toward the end of the year, and the possibility of the arbitrage window between Asia and the US opening again in the near future.
Styrene monomer 2014 production margins sunk on flagging demand
Platts petrochemicals teams discusses the state of halved production margins in styrene monomer thus far in 2014 compared to 2013, and the slow malaise plaguing spot demand.
Price spread between styrene and feedstock ethylene hits 3-year low
Platts editors discuss the trends affecting the spread between styrene and ethylene; how styrene producers are coping with the negative margins; and the outlook for styrene in the next quarter.
Volatility in the vinyl acetate monomer markets
Platts EMEA petrochemicals editors discuss the volatility in the NWE VAM market and the arbitrage flows from other regions.
Review of upcoming Central, Eastern European polyethylene expansions
Platts' petrochemicals team discusses upcoming capacity additions of polyethylene in Central and Eastern Europe and the likelihood of it smoothing the deficits in the region.