Supply Chain & Logistics

U.S. oil refiners see gasoline, diesel exports threatened amid government price concerns

Oct 11, 2022

U.S. oil refiners that supply most of the nation´s consumption of about 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline and nearly four million bpd of diesel, as well as shipments to areas abroad that have grown increasingly dependent on U.S.-made fuels, said...

Mexican plastic resin market sees plunging prices as U.S. imports surge with new capacity

Sep 27, 2022

The Mexican packaging material market has seen sharp price declines as of late September compared with the start of the year for polyethylene and polypropylene, two of the most traded hydrocarbons-derived products.

American plastic resin producers find price weakness in middle of 2022 as inventories increased

Aug 21, 2022

American plastic resin producers reported in mid-2022 weaker sales revenue and earnings on the back of declining prices for some resins, particularly when compared with a 2021 market impacted by reduced inventory due to both summer and winter events in that...

Bolivians tap fertilizers revenue to build new plant while equally gas-rich Peruvians must pay up for urea imports, smuggled LPG

Jul 20, 2022

While farmers in nearby, Camisea gas fields-rich Peru struggled in 2022 to find and buy gas-derived fertilizer and citizens paid dearly for goods obtained from gas and needed daily like LPG for cooking, Bolivians not only had access to affordable local urea...

U.S. chemical producers project 2022 may be the best year in a decade

Jun 21, 2022

Chemical companies may enjoy in 2022 results unseen for many years due to strong demand for chemical products as manufacturers rebuild inventories, according to a June 6 report by the U.S. American Chemistry Council (ACC) that groups the biggest petrochemical...

North American polypropylene market to see two startups, challenged demand in 2022

Jun 7, 2022

North American polypropylene producers won´t see this year a repeat of 2021, when stronger-than-expected demand as the pandemic eased after vaccines met extreme supply tightness. This year is different not just because of startups in Louisiana and Canada that...

Shell´s traders help company´s first quarter 2022 profit by finding opportunities amid highly volatile period

May 24, 2022

Shell, which plans to reduce refineries down to five “parks” with integrated renewables and chemical production, has been successfully using trading to offer LNG and other products in global markets and turn volatility into profit as it makes efforts to help...

North America, Argentina, Brazil seen well positioned as 2022 fertilizer scarcity may turn to 2023 food shortages

May 8, 2022

Fertilizer demand will remain strong as farmers across the world race to get nutrients for their corn, sugar, wheat and other crops, with pending decisions in China expected by mid-year on whether to resume exports playing a key role in the uncertainty over...

Dow sees turnarounds supporting polyethylene price increases back to October peaks

Apr 24, 2022

Dow, the Michigan-based leading petrochemical producer, wants price increases for its polyethylene resin in both April and May that if buyers accept would not just help pay costly turnarounds but also take prices back to the October peaks territory.