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IMO 2020 opens opportunities for laggard methanol industry

The shipping industry’s quest for cost-efficient routes to IMO 2020 fuel compliance could be a bright spot for the methanol industry, which is struggling with slowing growth. Marine fuel applications –for deep sea traffic and inland navigation— could provide opportunity to grow and develop niche demand segments.


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Industry steps up on recycling and waste management

As waste management and sustainability issues take center stage in the policy debate, the spotlight is on the petrochemical and plastics industry, and the industry’s social license to operate. Stakeholders are collaborating and stepping up their efforts. They are supporting initiatives that improving waste collection value chains and reduce plastic leaking into the environment, as well as R&D activities developing more scalable recycling routes.

Latin America's imports of US NGLs continue to grow

Latin American countries are increasingly dependent on US NGL exports, highlighting the region’s need to invest in infrastructure –import terminals as well as production capabilities.But as Asia absorbs higher volumes of US NGLs, Latin America’s consumers become more exposed to changes in global trade.

Latin America struggles with slow growth

Several factors are putting a damper on the growth of Latin America’s petrochemical industry in the new decade-- slowing economic growth, policy uncertainty, as well as trade tensions. The region’s economic forecast is mixed, and regional governments have limited options to drive domestic/private demand.

Soda ash capacity expansions cement US position as net exporter

The significant capacity additions scheduled for the United States over the coming years will translate to a substantial increase in US soda ash exports, strengthening its position as the net exporter,” says Marguerite Morrin, research director/inorganics at IHS Markit.

Asia's ammonia requirements to rise for acrylonitrile production

By the end of the next decade, Asia will overtake North America as the net acrylonitrile exporting region, despite North America's advantage in propylene and ammonia feedstock. 

Petrochemical earnings slow amid headwinds

Petrochemical industry earnings in 2019 reflect a slower pace of growth, and Asian markets are bearing the brunt. 

China and the world: Opportunities for growth

Over the last two decades, China has become the largest market for almost every chemical. To meet this demand growth, China has introduced a series of financial and environmental frameworks in recent years that are transforming the country's petrochemical landscape. 

Path to plastics recycling lies in the chemical route

Advances in recycling technologies are key to tackling plastic waste. 

World Methanol Conference: Demand outlook softens on geopolitics, weaker Chinese consumption

The worldwide demand outlook for methanol has softened in the past year due to expected weaker economics and operating rates at methanol-to-olefin (MTO) plants in China, and lower Chinese demand for methanol in fuels, exacerbated by major geopolitical threats...

World Methanol Conference: Mitsubishi Chemical to announce MMA project on US Gulf Coast

Mitsubishi Chemical plans to announce details in the first quarter of 2020 of a methyl methacrylate (MMA) project on the US Gulf Coast, says Christine Frederic, manager/direct procurement at Lucite International, a Mitsubishi Chemical group company.

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