There was considerable anxiety over oil price volatility and its impact on petrochemical margins at the recent Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference in South Korea. In this podcast, Prema Viswanathan, Platts associate editorial director, and Nandita Lal, editorial lead, talk about market participants' view on the sustainability of margins if napththa feedstock prices rise, Asian countries' move to diversify their feedstock base, and China's march to self-sufficiency through its coal-based capacities.
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Asian Petrochemicalscan provides weekly market updates, commentary and assessments ranging from naphtha feedstocks to aromatics, olefins, and polymers in Southeast Asia, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.