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Latin American PVC prices rising on Asia trends - ICIS Americas Podcast 12 July 2018
July 12, 2018 12:53 PM PDT
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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.

Mexico election results could change energy, fuel exports from US - ICIS Americas Podcast 29 June 2018
June 29, 2018 09:37 AM PDT
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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.

US chem industry optimistic on outcome of US/China tariffs despite uncertainty - ICIS Americas Podcast 21 June 2018
June 21, 2018 08:24 AM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor manager Bill Bowen, deputy news editor Al Greenwood and ICIS Chemical Business global editor Joseph Chang on the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China.

Discussion includes the concerns from market participants with the 6 July date looming for the first batch of tariffs to come into effect.

Talk also includes reactions on optimistic outlooks from market participants and company executives, despite threats to the industry stemming from proposed tariffs on dozens of petrochemical and oil products by both countries.

ACC stresses commitment to plastic recycling, sustainability, in wake of G7 meeting - ICIS Americas Podcast
June 12, 2018 01:41 PM PDT
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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.

Atlantic hurricane season begins with US gasoline prices higher than previous year - ICIS Americas Podcast 1 June 2018
June 01, 2018 11:52 AM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with markets reporter Steven McGinn on the US gasoline market.

Gasoline prices are higher year on year at the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, creating a high-risk situation to consumers and the industry if another major hurricane were to hit the US Gulf Coast.

Crude price rally remains strong on healthy global demand - ICIS Americas Podcast 24 May 2018
May 24, 2018 01:55 PM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor Ignacio Sotolongo on the US and global crude oil markets.

Discussions include Brent hitting $80/bbl before retreating, strong global demand trends, the market's reaction to US President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, as well as OPEC's possible retreat from the 2017 agreement to curb oil output.

US domestic phenol market tightening - ICIS Americas Podcast 17 May 2018
May 17, 2018 10:26 AM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor John Dietrich on the US phenol and acetone markets.

Discussions include how domestic phenol supply is tightening as producers look to increase volumes into the export market.

NPE '18 features latest technologies for plastics - ICIS Americas Podcast 9 May 2018
May 09, 2018 02:50 PM PDT
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News writer David Haydon speaks to representatives from Lubrizol, Braskem USA and Shell on the sidelines of NPE2018 in Orlando, Florida.

Speakers discussed interactive technology at their booths, as well as latest developments in products and various markets. 

MMA prices at all-time highs on tight global supply, plant shutdown - ICIS Americas podcast 27 April 2018
April 27, 2018 01:19 PM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with market editor Adam Yanelli on the methyl methacrylate market.

Discussions include the markets high prices from global tightness, as well as the Saudi Methacrylates Company’s (SAMAC) MMA facility in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which was shut early in the week due to unexpected utility issues.

US acrylates demand strong heading into spring amid tight supply  - ICIS Americas podcast 20 April 2018
April 20, 2018 09:01 AM PDT
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News reporter David Haydon speaks with senior editor Larry Terry on the US acrylates markets, which have recently entered their busy season following the end of winter.

Supply, which has remained tight since Hurricane Harvey in 2017, is an ongoing concern in the markets, as is transportation availability.

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