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Graph indicating EU PET imports from July 2017 - July 2023.

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PET Anti-dumping Update: Proposed Provisional Duties

On 31 October 2023, the European Commission communicated the latest details of its anti-dumping investigation into Chinese polyethylene terephthalate...

Graph featuring 50+ years of habitat construction, US housing statistics by unit size.

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Chemicals Markets in Housing, Construction and Infrastructure Worldwide

At the risk of perpetuating a troubling 2023 trope, the construction sector is contradictory on a global scale right now. While growing populations...

Three new cars with their headlamps shining in a row.

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Is the US Automotive Sector Strike Impacting Chemicals Supply Chains?

The automotive sector is operating in a contradictory landscape at present. This year alone, it has been subject to pent-up demand driven by Covid,...

A street scene from the city of Vienna during the 2023 European Petrochemicals Association Annual Meeting.

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Renewables, Low Carbon-Intensity Chemicals and ESG at EPCA '23

Discussions on low carbon or sustainable feedstocks at European Petrochemical Association gatherings – even ten years ago – were rare. Back then,...

The Tecnon OrbiChem team enjoys some downtime at the 57th EPCA Annual Meeting in Vienna in 2023.

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Key Takeaways From A Premier Petrochemicals Event: EPCA Vienna 2023

Tecnon OrbiChem experts connected (and reconnected) with cohorts of petrochemicals-focused contacts cultivated over 50 years at the end of last...

A running shoe that can be made in a one-shot injection mold process much like the Wellington Boot.

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Footwear Feedstocks Price Forecast: A Chemicals Cost Comparison

The footwear sector is huge – with as many as 24 billion pairs produced annually – but it is also quickly evolving. Whether we're talking raw...

Infographic showing how sustainable chemicals can be manufactured.

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Sustainable Trade Europe: Internal Carbon Price and Raw Materials

The European Union is imposing a raft of new reporting responsibilities which are set out in the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

A South Korean flag waves in the wind in the background of China's ensign.

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Chemicals Sector South Korea: Adapt or Dwindle Approach

South Korean petrochemical firms are adapting their business portfolios to combat oversupplied markets amidst a bearish demand for products.

A smiling yellow Rubber Duck with painted eyelashes - probably manufactured using a plasticiser - languishes in soap suds.

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Plasticizer Market Analysis 2023: An Overview

With the year 2023 now into its second half, plasticizer and oxo-alcohol markets remain relatively stagnant globally. Demand failed to pick up as...

Three instances of animated microorganisms and microbes used in surfactants seen at microscopic level.

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Boost in Biosurfactants Output Supports Sustainable Goals

The production of surfactants by combining biomass and microorganisms – such as bacterial agents – is an innovation that is increasingly gaining...

The entrance to the Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna.

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EPCA Annual Meeting Tecnon OrbiChem Team of Ten Announced

One of the leading petrochemicals events in the calendar is almost upon us. Petrochemical refiners, products manufacturers and downstream consumers...

Senthuran Raviraj takes centre stage at the 26th World Chlor-Alkali Conference in Singapore in June 2023.

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Caustic soda endures 'cost & freight' premium, but for how long?

Chemical tanker availability is thought to be elevating the cost of caustic soda transportation this year, with little relief envisaged in the...