July 2014

Special Report: Refinery of the Future

Which margin levers impact Group I and Group II base stock competitiveness?—Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series assessing the struggle taking place between Group I and Group II/III for market control and price formation in the global base stocks industry. Part I provided ..

Moncrieff, I., Kline and Co., Inc.

This is the second in a two-part series assessing the struggle taking place between Group I and Group II/III for market control and price formation in the global base stocks industry. Part I provided observations on the salient events of the recent past and their impact on the changes in profitability for Group I and Group II plants in their core markets. Part I focused on the past, and this installment looks to the future. Are the events of the previous two years a significant trough in a cycle that will return the base stocks industry to pre-2012 norms of pricing relationships and profitability? Or are we seeing the early symptoms of a longer-term change in supply/demand and price/cost

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