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H1 2019 outlook: Asian paraxylene, benzene, styrene in focus

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Watch: H1 2019 outlook: Asian paraxylene, benzene, styrene in focus

This year will likely be the year that opens the floodgates for massive new petrochemical capacities being brought on stream by private Chinese companies. They aim to integrate all the way upwards from their purified terephthalic acid and polyester plants to greenfield refineries, and this will bring China gradually closer to self-sufficiency, and lower the country's import demand, which may have a big impact on the margins and production at producers in other countries.

In 2019 and beyond, sectors like paraxylene, benzene and styrene monomer are starting to tilt heavily towards oversupply, potentially hitting global markets. Gustav Holmvik examines how this and other factors are shaping the region's petrochemical markets.

Asia petrochemical outlook H1 2019

With a surge in new production capacities across China, the US-China trade tensions, and volatile upstream markets, 2019 is set to be full of challenges for those in the petrochemicals space. This report looks at the key themes expected to shape key Asian petrochemical markets.

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