China Coal-To-Olefins Projects Not Just About Oil Prices

By John Richardson

CHINA will do what suits China from a national perspective. Remember this in all your new thinking about how its chemicals industry will behave in the future and I think you will be on the right tracks.…

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China’s New “For Profit” Chemicals Industry? Think Again….

By John Richardson

IF you think that running a chemicals company in China can be compared to running one in the West then please take a look at the above chart.

This is an updated version of a chart Paul …

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GDP Turns Negative In 11 Of China’s 31 Provinces

By John Richardson

CHINA has always been a complex and challenging place to do business, but at least during the Supercycle, you were guaranteed of this one thing: Strong economic growth across just about the whole of this vast country. …

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Too Good To Last for Asian Petchems? Yes

By John Richardson

IT has been a fantastic few months for the integrated Asian polyethylene (PE) producers as the above chart illustrates.

You can see that the average price for naphtha was $533/tonne CFR Japan in April. This compared with …

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China: Don’t Listen To The Stimulus Nonsense

By John Richardson

THE Shanghai Composite Index soared to a seven-year high yesterday on the hope that China’s government is about to launch more economic stimulus because of the release of another disappointing HSBC purchasing managers’ index (PMI).  Factory orders …

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Rudderless Australia Drifts On

By John Richardson

THERE used to be two certainties in life that everyone in Australia could depend on. We all know that the first certainty was, and sadly still is, death. But the second certainty was China acting as the …

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Quantitative Easing Just Doesn’t Work

By John Richardson

AT long last! Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), said in a speech to the IMF last week:

 We have to be mindful that too prolonged a period of very low real rates can …

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More Evidence That US Shale Oil Is The New “Swing Producer”

By  John Richardson

SICK today with a bad cold – hence this very short  post. Will, hopefully, be back in full  action, though, later today or tomorow

Meanwhile, here is some more  background reading, which underlines myy argument that shale …

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US Split Into Two Countries And Both Must Prosper

By John Richardson

WHAT is the most important job for any politician? Ensuring the long term economic health of her or his country.

And in the ideal world, our politicians should pick the policies that get this essential job done, …

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Shallow Discussions Versus Complex Oil Price, Economic Realities

By John Richardson

IT has been a very good year so far for European and Asian naphtha cracker operators, as the chart above illustrates. As you can see, in the case of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), naphtha-based integrated margins in 2015 …

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