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December 17, 2014
Latin America’s economic performance fell short of expectations this year as the GDP of it and Caribbean grew by only 1.1% in 2014, its slowest rate of expansion since 2009 and well below the 3.4% forecast by IHS one year ago....
December 18, 2014
Benzene and toluene prices in the United States have dropped to four-year lows, and the trend is set to continue into the new year, propelled by falling crude oil prices. The outlook...
December 11, 2014
It says something about the extraordinary competitive advantage enjoyed by North America’s ethylene producers that their primary feedstock, ethane, would be worth more burned...
December 10, 2014
The propylene market tightened in Europe during November because of a number of steam cracker issues. Planned and unplanned outages took place, and the combined loss of 13% of regional...
December 4, 2014
BASF’s $625.0-million plan to install a new “droplet polymerization” technology worldwide may significantly increase the company’s total superabsorbent polymer (SAP) production capacity, says Ian Davenport, president of consulting firm Davenport International Associates (New York)....
December 4, 2014
Trinseo (Berwyn, PA), formerly Styron, has announced price decreases in Europe for all polystyrene (PS) and copolymer grades. The December contract and spot prices for general-purpose...
November 19, 2014
Europe’s para -xylene ( p -xylene) contract price settled down significantly in November, dropping €140/m.t. ($180) compared with October, when it stood at €980/m.t. del...
November 20, 2014
Methanol is oversupplied worldwide, but North American producers presented optimistic forecasts during recent third-quarter earnings calls. They expect the market to tighten as...
November 13, 2014
Caustic soda supply has tightened considerably in northwestern and southern Europe because of production issues plaguing various producers. These issues range from industrial action to...
November 13, 2014
Buttressed by production issues and reduced imports, US spot prices for ethylene glycol (EG) held up in October, but November has been another story: Prices have tumbled, and they are...
October 30, 2014
Difficulties with the Evangeline ethylene pipeline, which carries ethylene from Texas to Louisiana, are more extensive than first believed, and the pipeline may not return to service...
October 30, 2014
P ara-xylene ( p -xylene) spot prices came off significantly in Europe during October as p -xylene spot prices dropped in Asia on the back of energy markets falling significantly...
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