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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.

8mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Latin American PVC prices rising on Asia trends - ICIS Americas Podcast 12 July 2018

News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor Ron Coifman on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) markets in Latin America. PVC prices rose in July, a result of trends from Asia.

5mins

12 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Mexico election results could change energy, fuel exports from US - ICIS Americas Podcast 29 June 2018

News reporter David Haydon speaks with markets editor Steven McGinn and energy senior analyst James Fowler on Mexico's general elections, which will be held on 1 July. The vote for Mexico's new president is likely to have far reaching implications for the country, with the front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) having shown strong anti-energy reform criticisms. A win for AMLO could also have implications for trade between the US and Mexico, not only in regards to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but also for fuel and natural gas imports as well.

15mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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ACC stresses commitment to plastic recycling, sustainability, in wake of G7 meeting - ICIS Americas Podcast

News Reporter David Haydon speaks with Steve Russell, vice president of the plastic division for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Following the G7 meeting, where the US opted out of signing an annex for an ocean plastics reduction charter, the ACC stressed several of its sustainability and environmental goals. Russell also discusses the delayed retirement of ACC CEO Cal Dooley, who will aid in increasing the ACC's role in recycling and plastic waste elimination.

5mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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ICIS previews US tariffs, market prices ahead of AFPM's IPC - ICIS Americas podcast 22 March 2018

News reporter David Haydon speaks to senior editor Lane Kelley and deputy managing editor Zachary Moore about the upcoming American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) to be held in San Antonio, Texas between March 25-27.Topics include potential effects of US President Donald Trump's recent tariff decisions, as well as recent price movements in several petrochemical markets.

5mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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US epoxy facing tight supply, expensive imports - ICIS Americas Podcast 26 January 2018

News writer David Haydon speaks to senor editor Tarun Raizada about the US epoxy market. Discussion includes the ongoing tight supply situation, high prices for imported material and high feedstock costs.

3mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Texas plant, refinery shutdowns ongoing following Harvey - ICIS Americas Podcast 1 September 2017

News reporter David Haydon speaks to deputy managing editor Zachary Moore on the state of plants and refineries along the Texas coast following Hurricane Harvey, including refinery and plant shutdowns, companies declaring force majeure and the ongoing survey of damage.

4mins

1 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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US feedstocks fuel plans for INEOS' PDH plant, cracker expansions in Europe - ICIS Americas Podcast 14 June 2017

News reporter David Haydon speaks with deputy news editor Al Greenwood on the recent announcements made by INEOS regarding construction of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Europe, as well as several cracker expansions. Discussion includes how increased US oil production is providing confidence for the supply of natural gas liquids (NGLs) as feedstocks to European and US plants.

5mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #8

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US olefins supply recovering after tight first quarter - ICIS Americas Podcast 9 May 2017

News reporter David Haydon speaks to markets reporter Jessie Waldheim on the US olefins market. Discussion includes the effects that tighter Q1 supply had on butadiene and propylene, as well as the upward trend for ethylene spot prices.

5mins

9 May 2017

Rank #9

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US solvent markets reflect rising feedstock pressures - ICIS Americas podcast 19 January 2017

In the first ICIS Americas podcast of 2017, news reporter David Haydon speaks to markets reporter Christie Moffat about current trends in US solvents, specifically for ethyl acetate (etac), methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and isopropanol (IPA). Moffat discusses various price increases proposed for January and February, as well as feedstock cost pressures and the state of supply and demand across the three markets.

7mins

19 Jan 2017

Rank #10

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US sulphur prices rise in Q4 ’16, following China

Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks with ICIS sulphur reporter Annalise Little about the performance of sulphur in the fourth quarter of 2016. Little discusses sulphur exports, trade flows, new projects underway in the North American market, and what can be expected in 2017.

7mins

8 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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Rio 2016 Games offers some hope for struggling Brazil economy – ICIS Americas Podcast 4 August 2016

Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS deputy news editor Al Greenwood and markets editors Marianela Toledo and James Fowler about the economic outlook for Brazil, as the Olympic Games kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.The ongoing recession and political crisis has seen Brazil’s economy suffer in recent times, but there are some signs that things could potentially improve in the future. Greenwood, Toledo and Fowler discuss the outlook for the upstream energy and downstream chemical sectors in Brazil, and how the Games has affected business.

11mins

4 Aug 2016

Rank #12

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Fertilizer markets constrained by weak demand – ICIS Americas Podcast 26 July 2016

Markets reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS fertilizers editor Mark Milam and sulphur reporter Annalise Little about industry sentiment at the recent Southwestern Fertilizers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. They discuss weakening demand, crops and other factors influencing price movement in Q3, as well as outlooks for the rest of the year.

6mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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US oxo-alcohols market optimistic on seasonal demand – ICIS Americas Podcast 28 April 2016

News reporter Christie Moffat speaks to ICIS senior editor Larry Terry about the US oxo-alcohols market, looking at factors such as weather, seasonal demand, and plant maintenance. With spring being typically a high-demand period for paints and coatings, market sentiment is optimistic for the coming months.

6mins

28 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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What to expect at CERAWeek 2016 – ICIS Americas Podcast 18 February 2016

News reporter Christie Moffat speaks to deputy news editor Al Greenwood and ICIS Mexico Energy Report editor James Fowler about what to expect at this year’s CERAWeek conference (22-26 February) in Houston, Texas.

9mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #15

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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.

5mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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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.

4mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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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.

6mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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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.

4mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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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.

4mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #20