Daily Chemical Reaction
- The North American ethylene advantage relative to Asia is significant and likely to remain high as energy and chemical producers integrate in this market – a trend we see as likely inevitable.
- The oil majors and NOCs narrative at CERA highlights one we have been supported for a few years now – the focus should not be to eliminate fossil fuels, it should be on cutting emissions.
- We highlight movements in US, Europe, and Asia ethylene production margins and discuss why China ethylene demand growth as a percentage of global demand is less than in other chains.
- We discuss the EIA short-term energy outlook as it relates to implied petrochemical cost curve movements, and we also illustrate how the EU’s ban on diesel is shifting global trade patterns.
- The US PMI reflects contraction in February, while the China PMI reflects strength. Most are relying on China as the global growth engine to lift all boats in 2023, a view far from risk free.
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