Industry Trends

March 2021

See what has been happening in Asia’s petrochemicals, agrochemicals, automotive, bio energy, and mining industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Lithium batteries, Electric car batteries, Vietnam imports US ethanol and more. See what journals and industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

How to prevent short-circuiting in next-gen lithium batteries
Batteries News

A new approach could help solve the longstanding problem of dendrite formation, which has hampered the development of new solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Mining profits reach $230 billion a year, topped only by oil & gas, pharma

Mining companies adopted a more conservative approach after the 2015-16 market downturn to adjust to more volatile commodity prices, focusing on cost cutting, productivity and expanding liquidity says a new report by Moody’s Investor Service, a ratings agency.
Green hydrogen key to decarbonising mining

As decarbonisation targets drive emissions regulations, green hydrogen has significant potential to play an important role in decarbonising the mining sector in the coming years, market analyst Fitch Solutions says in its latest industry report.
Cobalt, nickel free electric car batteries are a runaway success

A year ago, Tesla surprised the electric car industry when it announced some Model 3s made in its Shanghai factory will be equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries made by China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL).
LSS4 construction contracts worth RM200mil-RM250mil each?
New Straits Times

Solarvest Holdings Bhd, Samaiden Group Bhd and Sunway Construction Group Bhd (SunCon) are the preferred engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contractors to build the Large Scale Solar 4 (LSS4) plants, Affin Hwang Capital said today.
Crude oil demand on stronger trajectory

The Jakarta Post

The government is expecting to achieve 6.3 percent annual growth in Indonesia’s non-oil and gas exports this year as trading partners have started rolling out coronavirus vaccines to re-emerge from the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

China becomes global player in refined crude oil industry
World News

Manufacture of products derived from petrochemicals has risen alongside broader economic growth.
Continue to explore better palm oil process technology
New Straits Times

The palm oil industry is one of the contributors to the country’s revenue. Each year, the estimated revenue generated by the palm oil industry is either directly or indirectly between RM20 to RM30 billion.
EAG sees positive market in Malaysia for Addo Platinum batteries

New Straits Times

India-based Eastman Auto Group (EAG) sees Malaysia as a growing market for its Addo Platinum batteries for the automotive segment.

Petronas makes oil discovery in east Java, Indonesia
New Straits Times

PETRONAS through its subsidiary, PC North Madura II Ltd., has made an oil discovery at the Hidayah-1 exploration well, located within the North Madura II Production Sharing Contract (PSC), offshore East Java, Indonesia. PC North Madura II Ltd. is the operator with 100 per cent participating interest in the North Madura II PSC.
Vietnam imports US ethanol as a result of USGC programming

Ethanol Producer Magazine

Using MAP funds, the USGC sponsored a joint Vietnamese ministry and U.S. industry ethanol conference in Ho Chi Minh City in the fall of 2018. That investment is now starting to pay off in sales as the Vietnamese fuel industry expands.

DMCI starts construction of P10.5-B water reclamation facility

Manila Bulletin

Premier contractor firm D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) has started construction of the P10.5 billion Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas (CAMANA) Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) project of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad).

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