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European companies jointly sell ELIX polymers to Spain

LLP, a subsidiary of the European Solar Group, decided to sell the Elix polymer business to Sinochem International Co., Ltd. for 195 million euros. Elix polymer is ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) resin and derivatives from Europe. Produced by leading manufacturers. Although the two parties have signed an agreement on sales, the transaction still needs to wait for the approval of the regular regulatory authorities.

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Elix Polymers is headquartered in Tarragona, Spain. Its products are widely used in medical, automotive, consumer goods and other fields.

In 2012, a subsidiary of the European Solar Group took over Elix. Since taking over, under the direction of the European Solar Partner LLP, Elix has experienced a shift from a production-centric unit to a market leader in providing first-class products and services. Elix has taken a series of steps to increase productivity, introducing the latest management technology “lean manufacturing” and business breakthroughs, which have greatly improved productivity and achieved record customer satisfaction levels, pushing sales to the sales A high level.

“We are very pleased with the progress made by Elix Polymers during the Sun’s ownership and we hope they will continue to succeed under new ownership,” said Parson, General Manager of the European Sun Partner. “Spain is an attractive market for the Sun Group and we are actively seeking further investment in the country.”

Elix CEO Wolfgang Dolin commented: “This is an exciting next step for Elix, because we want to build on the ownership of the Sun Group to help us develop a more solid platform.” Elix The strength lies in continuous improvement, innovation, state-of-the-art technology, high-level sales and technical marketing department experience, and the Elix Polymer Human Resources team of professionals.

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Japanese media: China’s natural gas imports surge, surpassing Japan as the world’s largest importer

The reference news network reported on October 16 that the Japanese media said that China is expected to surpass Japan, which is the long-term leader for the first time in 2018, and become the world’s largest natural gas importer.

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According to Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review website reported on October 14th, the increase in China’s natural gas imports has had an impact on the spot price of LNG in Asia: from July to December last year, Asian LNG prices doubled from 100 per 100 The British thermal unit rose to $11.20 from $5.45.

An analyst said that the sharp rise in demand from China, Asia’s largest economy, could also affect the international trade in natural gas – the latter mainly based on long-term contracts – “which could lead to global competition for natural resources”.

According to the report, from January to August this year, China imported 57.18 million tons of natural gas; by contrast, Japan imported 56.45 million tons. In 2017, China surpassed South Korea and became the world’s second largest natural gas importer.

The International Energy Agency predicted in June that China will become the world’s largest natural gas importer by 2019. But the latest data seems to speed up this timeline. The increasing diversification of sources of supply in Asian countries indicates that the region’s importance as a natural gas consumer is increasing.

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Huang Miaoru, senior manager of natural gas and liquefied natural gas in the Asia Pacific region of energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie Consulting, said: “Although Japan is still the largest importer of LNG, China is expected to surpass Japan to become the world’s largest natural gas importer by 2018. China Natural gas imports have consistently exceeded market expectations.”

The report said that concerns about environmental pollution are the main reason for China to increase natural gas imports. Severe air pollution has prompted China to quickly switch from burning coal to using natural gas, which burns cleaner and emits about half of the carbon dioxide.

China imports natural gas in two ways, one is liquefied natural gas and the other is pipeline natural gas. For example, LNG, which can be transported by tankers, imported 38.13 million tons of LNG last year, a 46% increase from 2016. In 2011, China imported only 12 million tons of LNG, which is one-third of South Korea. In just six years, China’s LNG imports have tripled.

According to the report, if the natural gas supplied by the pipeline is included, China seems to have surpassed Japan to become the world’s largest natural gas importer this year. Japan, which imports only LNG, is still the largest importer of such commodities.

Guan Xincun, a partner at Commodity Consulting’s Market Risk Consulting Company, said: “The natural gas trade is unlikely to be immediately affected by the surge in demand, as (natural gas purchases) are usually signed long-term contracts and the storage capacity of importing countries is limited.”

However, he is cautious about the long-term impact of China’s natural gas demand and global trends.

Guan Xincun said: “If the COP24 meeting scheduled for December 2018 decides to accelerate the withdrawal of coal use, in the long run, natural gas demand may increase further, which may lead to countries competing for natural resources on a global scale.” COP24 The meeting referred to the next meeting of the parties to the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

According to reports, China is now looking for new suppliers. In mid-September, PetroChina and Qatar’s state-owned Qatar Gas Company reached a 22-year LNG agreement. The “Siberian Power” gas pipeline is the longest natural gas pipeline in the world, with a total length of 3,000 kilometers, connecting eastern Siberia and China. It is expected that the natural gas pipeline will be put into use next year to transport natural gas from the Arctic Circle to China.

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Iran may continue to export crude oil

According to the Nigerian “Pioneer” reported on October 9, oil prices fell 65 cents on the 8th to 83.51 US dollars per barrel, while last week’s closing time was 86.74 US dollars (four-year high). Earlier, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said that oil prices have not fallen below $80 a barrel in 2018, and it is expected to continue to tighten the monetary policy before completing inflation control targets. Observers believe that unless the United States increases sanctions, Iranian oil will continue to export, thus alleviating global supply pressure. US sanctions on Iranian crude oil exports will begin on November 4, and Washington has been putting pressure on governments and businesses around the world to reduce crude oil imports from Iran to zero.

The US energy analysts who imposed sanctions on Iran said, “This is one of the biggest supporting factors for the rise in crude oil prices, but it is likely that we have passed the peak of this influence and its impact will soon begin to ease.” Concerned that other producers (such as Saudi Arabia’s major exporter) increased production to compensate for lower Iranian supplies, and oil prices also fell. Saudi Arabia said last week that it plans to increase production sharply in November, while October production has reached 10.7 million barrels per day (bpd), indicating that Saudi Arabia will increase production to an all-time high. Stephen Innes, head of trading at Oanda Asia Pacific, a Singapore-based futures brokerage firm, said, “Saudi Arabia has made up for all Iran’s share.” Asian traders say concerns about a possible Sino-US trade war that could slow world economic growth and hit oil demand have also weighed on the market. . China’s stock market fell sharply on Monday.

However, CBN President Godwin Emefiele explained that the price of crude oil in 2018 will not be lower than $80 per barrel. In an interview with Reuters at the World Bank Conference in London, he said that as long as US sanctions are in force for Iran in November, “I expect the price to be no lower than $80 this year.” Regarding the interests of Nigeria, he said, “The current The tightening state will continue until at least we see inflation reaching the target level.” He pointed out that Nigeria will continue to intervene to support its exchange rate, although he noticed that the pressure on the currency reserves of banks and countries is lower than other emerging markets, but “we will continue to intervene and must maintain a stable exchange rate.”

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Oil-producing countries refuse to increase production, and international crude oil market faces supply gap

Earlier, US President Trump has repeatedly called on oil-producing countries (OPECs) and other oil-producing countries to increase production to lower crude oil prices. However, after the main OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers meeting held last Sunday, they did not issue a statement on increasing production.

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Since then, international oil prices have continued to strengthen. After Monday’s close, at 19:30 on the 25th, Beijing time, Brent crude oil futures price rose 0.54% to 81 US dollars per barrel, and New York crude oil futures price rose 0.44% to 72.39 US dollars per barrel. Market participants pointed out that oil-producing countries have not reached consensus on increasing oil production or continue to boost international oil prices, and the crude oil market will face a supply gap in the next three to six months.

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On Sunday, OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing countries held a meeting in Algeria. The failure to form a consensus on increasing production at this meeting is an important cause of the surge in international oil prices. The oil-producing countries “disregarded” the remarks made by US President Trump’s request to “reduce oil prices” and did not intend to immediately increase crude oil production.

According to foreign media reports, representatives of major oil producing countries said that the participating parties reiterated 100% compliance with the goal of reducing production. In the case that OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers have agreed to increase oil production in June, it is impossible for participants to suggest further increases.

Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Falih said that the global crude oil market is balanced, so measures that affect oil prices will not be taken. He pointed out that Saudi Arabia has spared no effort to increase crude oil production, but “not now” may not be necessary next year, because according to OPEC’s forecast, non-OPEC production growth may exceed global demand growth. The interim report released by OPEC predicts that the supply of non-OPEC oil producers led by the United States will increase by 2.4 million barrels per day in 2019, while global oil demand will only increase by 1.5 million barrels per day.

Falih pointed out that the focus is turning to 2019. It has already gained an understanding of the prospects for an increase in inventories in 2019, which is caused by a substantial increase in supply from non-member states. “The news I got was that there is sufficient supply of crude oil. I don’t know which refineries that need crude oil can’t get crude oil. Given the quantity seen so far, it is very unlikely to increase production in 2019, unless there is any accident on the supply and demand side.”

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Nowak also believes that there is no need to immediately increase crude oil production. Trade disputes and US sanctions against Iran are bringing new challenges to the crude oil market.

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China’s crude oil imports in August increased by 6.5% from the previous month

According to statistics released by the Chinese Customs Department, China’s crude oil imports in August increased by 6.5% from July, driven by the rebound in demand from small independent refiners, reaching its highest level since May.

According to statistics released by the General Administration of Customs of China, China imported 38.38 million tons of crude oil in August, importing an average of 9.04 million barrels of crude oil per day.

China’s August crude oil imports in August were 8 million barrels higher than the same period a year ago and 8.48 million barrels higher than in July, but slightly lower than the 9.12 million barrels predicted by Thomson Reuters Petroleum Research.

Statistics also show that China imported a total of 299 million tons of crude oil in the first eight months of this year, an increase of 6.5%.

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U.S. anti-dumping final ruling on China PTFE resin

On September 20, the US Department of Commerce announced an anti-dumping affirmative final ruling on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Resin imported from China and India, ruling: (1) Daikin Fluorine (China) Co., Ltd. [ Daikin Fluorochemicals (China) Co., Ltd.) dumping rate of 91.65%, Shandong Dongyue Polymer Material Co., Ltd. dumping rate of 54.41%, other Chinese producers with separate tax rates The exporter’s dumping rate was 77.13%, and the other Chinese producers/exporters who did not receive a separate tax rate had a dumping rate of 218.88%; (2) the dumping rate of India’s only mandatory respondent company, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited, and other Indian producers/exporters. Both are 22.78%. The US International Trade Commission is expected to make a final ruling on the anti-dumping industry in this case on November 5, 2018. This case involves the coordination of tariffs under the tariff numbers 3904.61.0010 and 3904.61.0090 and some products under the tax number 3904.69.5000.
On September 28, 2017, the American company TheChemours Company FC LLC (Wilmington, DE) filed an application on behalf of the US domestic industry to the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission (USITC) for PTFE resin imported from China and India. Initiated anti-dumping and countervailing investigations. On October 19, 2017, the US Department of Commerce issued a notice to launch a double-anti-investigation investigation on PTFE resin imported from India, and initiated an anti-dumping investigation on imported PTFE resin imported from China. On November 9, 2017, the US International Trade Commission made a preliminary ruling on the anti-dumping industry damage to PTFE resin imported from China and India, and made a preliminary ruling on the anti-subsidy industry damage to the products involved in India. On May 1, 2018, the US Department of Commerce announced an anti-dumping preliminary ruling on PTFE resin imported from China and India. According to US statistics, the US imports of PTFE resin in China and India in 2017 were 27.5 million US dollars and 24.9 million US dollars respectively.

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Vietnam’s natural rubber exports increased by a quarter-on-quarter

According to the latest data released by Vietnam Customs, in August 2018, Vietnam’s rubber exports totaled 171,100 tons, a significant increase of 20.12% from the previous month and a decrease of 0.28%.

From January to August, Vietnam’s natural rubber exports totaled 877,600 tons, an increase of 9.2% year-on-year.

In August, the amount of natural rubber exported from Vietnam to China was 106,000 tons. From January to August, it was exported to China with 560,600 tons.

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The impact of the natural gas market on China

1. The goal of the Paris Agreement now seems to be out of reach, but the goal is getting closer and closer, and global greenhouse gas reductions are accelerating. However, global energy consumption will not peak in demand for natural gas and oil until 2035.

2. By 2035, China, the United States and the European Union will reach or exceed 20% of the share of renewable energy production. Global demand for natural gas will continue to grow. The Asia-Pacific region, represented by China, accounts for more than 40% of global natural gas demand growth.

3. Liquefied natural gas transported by rail is more competitive than long-haul truck transport. At present, the innovative multimodal mode of LNG (cargo ship + tank container + railway + road) is gradually maturing. Improvements in LNG delivery methods and infrastructure will bring more new investments to the market.

In 2017, the implementation of China’s “26+2” coal-to-gas policy has increased the demand for LNG in northern China, and the diversified transportation mode of LNG ensures the implementation of policies and meets the needs of residents for LNG. , improving the problem of insufficient gas infrastructure.

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New Zealand oil prices push up consumer costs

According to data released by Statistics New Zealand on September 11, oil prices have been rising since April 2018, and the cost of retail consumption in New Zealand has been pushed for the fourth consecutive month.

Data show that as of the end of August, New Zealand retail consumption rose by 1%, oil consumption increased by 4.1%.

Su Chapman, head of retail statistics at Statistics New Zealand, said that the rise in consumer pressure was mainly due to rising oil prices, which pushed up the overall price of consumer goods and durable goods in New Zealand.

In May 2018, oil prices throughout New Zealand remained at less than 2 New Zealand dollars per liter (1 New Zealand dollar is about $0.65). By the end of August, oil prices had risen to more than NZ$2.3 per liter and rose by more than 15% in three months.

Economic experts and investors generally believe that although oil prices continue to rise despite external factors, the New Zealand government should also adopt a more active policy response to prevent inflation risks.

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The domestic acetone market fell by a narrow margin on September 13

The business community monitoring manufacturers’ overall offer is stable, but the market has a downward trend. As of now, the market demand in Shandong has dropped by 100-200 yuan/ton, and the implementation price is 5700 yuan/ton. The price around Yanshan is 5950 yuan/ton. The plate fell 100-200 yuan / ton, the new price was 5,500 yuan / ton; South China region offer 6,000 yuan / ton. Overall, the market has a downward trend.

1. Blue Star Harbin 150,000 tons / year phenol ketone device on September 5 temporarily stopped due to gas boiler failure, restarted on September 7. 2. Lihua Yiweiyuan’s 350,000 tons/year phenolic ketone unit was temporarily shut down on September 5 due to equipment failure in the supporting store, and returned to normal on September 7. 3. Huizhou Zhongxin was restarted this week, and it is expected that products will be exported on weekends. 4. This week, the inventory of Huadong Acetone Port was 43,500 tons, an increase of 1,000 tons from last week (September 6), including 26,000 tons of Huaxi stock and 17,500 tons of Hengyang stock.

The acetone analyst of the business community believes that: in September, the manufacturers have more maintenance, but the downstream demand is not good, and the follow-up devices will drive one after another. The market has a downward trend.

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