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Feature: Global Aromatics Pricing Analysis

November 28, 2016
With lower Friday discussions mitigating a weekly surge, Asian benzene prices were assessed $5/mt lower from Thursday at $731/mt FOB Korea November 25, on the back of lower trading sentiment. In the US, spot benzene for November assessments was 3 cents higher from Friday at 237 cents/gal on an FOB and DDP basis.
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Toluene: Aromatics demand improving in Brazil, disproportionation margins narrow in US
Latin American toluene pricing rose $39/mt since Nov. 18 to a Wednesday assessment of $559-$561/mt FOB Brazil.
Xylenes: US production economics show improvement, European „Dec PET prices to follow PX higher
The mixed xylene premium over the Eurobob gasoline swap edged higher on Friday, supported by strong bids in the Platts MOC process.


November 03, 2016
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 29, 2016
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.
September 26, 2016
Dorothee Arns, executive director of Petrochemicals Europe, Cefic petrochemicals programme, talks about how low oil prices have improved the competitiveness of European petchem producers.
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News Headlines

London (Platts)--5 Dec 2016 835 am EST/1335 GMT
Petrochemical companies in Gulf Cooperation Council countries need to intensify integration with feedstock sources, such as refineries, and with downstream consumers, as the sector turns increasingly competitive ahead of the onslaught of shale-based petrochemical products from the US.
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Price Focus

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 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.

The Barrel Blog

November 03, 2016
The first in a wave of US Gulf Coast ethane cracker projects is slated to start up in the Q1 of 2017. Here is a roundup of other major cracker updates.
October 26, 2016
Billed as the world’s largest plastics and rubber show, K Fair is more than a trade show. It is a behemoth to rival any other.
October 13, 2016
Worldwide polyethylene production is seen to grow from 84.7 million mt in 2015 to 121 million mt by 2026.
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Asia-Pacific Petrochemicals methodology

Published September 2016

The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.

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