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November 2016

Port of Tarragona’s plans to become a Mediterranean petrochemical hub

November 03, 2016 (10:08)

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.

September 2016

Phase out of mercury cell technology in European chlor-alkali sector

September 29, 2016 (10:37)

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?

September 26, 2016 (10:37)

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

September 20, 2016 (3:55)

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

September 05, 2016 (5:07)

Interview with Laura Lopez, analyst at Germany's Baader Bank on European chemical utilizations rates and the potential bearish fundamentals for H2 2016.

July 2016

Ineos director Tom Crotty on the group's petrochemical operations post-Brexit

July 05, 2016 (6:43)

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.

June 2016

Key themes from the Q2 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook

June 29, 2016 (5:21)

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.

May 2016

Key themes from the Q1 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook

May 13, 2016 (4:51)

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.

April 2016

Excess supply weighs on US aromatics prices, markets hope for more demand

April 27, 2016 (5:35)

US benzene, toluene and mixed xylene prices have been pressured by excess supply, including benzene imports from Asia at the beginning of the year.

January 2016

Key themes from the Q4 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook

December 21, 2015 (6:01)

Platts petrochemicals team discusses the Q4 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook, including expectations for polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand balances in 2016.

December 2015

Key themes from the Q4 Platts Global Polyolefin Outlook

December 21, 2015 (6:01)

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

December 02, 2015 (8:24)

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.

November 2015

Interview: GPCA's Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun on challenges in petrochemical markets in 2016 and beyond

November 17, 2015 (6:29)

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.

October 2015

After US MTBE prices hit nine-month lows, Q4 demand could provide stability

October 27, 2015 (3:51)

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

October 14, 2015 (6:04)

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.

September 2015

Weaker Asian currencies, regional economies seen to limit polymer price rebound

September 14, 2015 (7:51)

With various macroeconomic issues hounding Asia, trade sources say rebound in polymer prices may be limited in the remaining months of 2015.

August 2015

Tumbling toluene, MX prices in US speak to lower gasoline, downstream demand

August 14, 2015 (4:37)

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 (6:55)

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.

July 2015

Chinese DOP imports seen rising despite weakness in plastics, PVC

July 29, 2015 (6:19)

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

July 24, 2015 (5:28)

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

July 22, 2015 (8:23)

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

July 01, 2015 (4:48)

The US benzene market has struggled with excess inventories, but dynamics are changing as imports are shrinking and arbitrage opportunities opened up.

June 2015

Impact of unusual number of European cracker outages on olefins, aromatics

June 05, 2015 (7:51)

Assessing the impact the unusual numbers of cracker outages has had on olefin and aromatic prices.

May 2015

US ethylene market expects more supply in summer

May 29, 2015 (4:54)

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

May 29, 2015 (4:46)

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?

May 19, 2015 (5:41)

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?

May 12, 2015 (6:54)

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

May 05, 2015 (5:30)

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.

April 2015

Tight supply makes waves in US methanol markets

April 29, 2015 (6:17)

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

April 23, 2015 (6:28)

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?

April 13, 2015 (6:52)

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.

March 2015

US polymer markets await price and supply changes

March 17, 2015 (6:00)

US polymer editors talk over the big topics of North American polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene markets prior to the NPE 2015 International Plastics Showcase.

February 2015

Interview: Dorothee Arns, Petrochemicals Europe, on the strengths, weaknesses of the industry

February 17, 2015 (6:40)

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

February 10, 2015 (7:40)

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

February 10, 2015 (2:36)

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

February 04, 2015 (4:59)

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.

January 2015

Arbitrage economics support US benzene, styrene markets

January 28, 2015 (3:18)

US petrochemicals editors explain how the benzene market is currently being driven by an open arbitrage window in the derivative styrene market.

December 2014

US ethylene market sees production open up as 2014 draws to close

December 12, 2014 (6:11)

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.

November 2014

Asian PTA market stabilizes after weakness; new capacities to lengthen supply

November 26, 2014 (5:58)

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

November 21, 2014 (5:41)

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.

October 2014

Caustic soda prices move up after falling four consecutive quarters

October 31, 2014 (7:16)

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.

Petrochemical prices in some US markets crumble as crude oil falls

October 24, 2014 (6:25)

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

October 23, 2014 (8:13)

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.

September 2014

Asia enjoys bullish ethylene market, but how long will it last?

September 26, 2014 (3:48)

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

September 17, 2014 (4:11)

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

September 04, 2014 (4:08)

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.

August 2014

Price spread between styrene and feedstock ethylene hits 3-year low

August 28, 2014 (4:20)

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.

July 2014

Volatility in the vinyl acetate monomer markets

July 29, 2014 (4:12)

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

July 25, 2014 (5:43)

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.

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