The latest petrochemical market news and analysis from the ICIS Americas team.
Winter is coming for US petchem markets - ICIS Americas podcast 18 October 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editors Tarun Raizada and Lane Kelley on US ethylene glycol and methanol (respectively) in regards to the upcoming winter season.
As colder weather draws near, winter blends phase in for various products, such as antifreeze containing monoethylene glycol (MEG) for car engines, or windshield wiper fluid which utilises methanol.
US epoxy stabilising after rough start in the year - ICIS Americas podcast 27 September 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor Tarun Raizada on the US epoxy market.
The US epoxy resin market has been balanced recently, with prices steady as compared to the fluctuating market from the beginning of the year.
Stronger US dollar may be a greater hurdle to US PVC exports than hurricanes, trade wars - ICIS Americas podcast 21 September 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor Bill Bowen on the US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market.
US PVC export growth survived hurricane Florence and thus far is weathering the trade war between the US and China, but now stymied by currency headwinds as the US dollar outperforms foreign currencies.
US toluene, MX expected to fall with switch to winter-grade gasoline - ICIS Americas podcast 30 August 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with markets editor Lucas Hall on US aromatics, including the toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) markets.
Discussions include the state of the market as summer driving season ends, the expected price drop as gasoline blends switch for the winter, as well as the outlook for aromatics amid the trade war between the US and China.
Strong MTBE, ETBE demand expected as LyondellBasell breaks ground on PO/TBA plant - ICIS Americas podcast 24 August 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with markets editor Steven McGinn on expected strong demand in the US methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) market.
Discussions include LyondellBasell's recent groundbreaking for its $2.4bn propylene oxide (PO)/tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) project in Channelview, Texas. The TBA will be converted to MTBE and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE).
MTBE was phased out of the US gasoline pool over a decade ago in favour of corn-based ethanol. However, international markets, such as Mexico, Latin America and China, remain a robust destination for the gasoline additive, and Lyondellbasell said it sees its high-octane fuels production as key to the growing market.
US fertilizer sentiment bearish at Southwestern Fertilizer Conference - ICIS Americas Podcast 27 July 2018
News reporter David Haydon speaks with markets editor Annalise Little and senior editor Mark Milam on the US fertilizers markets.
Discussions include the bearish market during the Southwestern Fertilizer Conference recently held in San Antonio, Texas, as well as updates regarding US/China tariff effects on US farmers and the latest on the tight global market for Sulphur.