Archive | February, 2012

China Inland Boom: Who Will Benefit?

By John Richardson

This fascinating article in The Economist raises further important questions about the impact on petrochemicals of changing migration patterns.

Last week, we discussed how what industry executives had been discussing for three years has finally happened: Severe …

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The Changing Landscape For Manufacturers

 

The New Normal involves three major transformations in the nature of consumer markets, which are:

• The increasing size of the New Old 55+ age group in the West.

• Too many young people struggling with higher unemployment.

• …

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Formosa Confirms US Cracker Plans

By Malini Hariharan

One more US cracker and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) project has been confirmed. After months of speculation Formosa Plastics has announced that plans to build a 800,000 tonnes/year ethane cracker, a 600,000 tonnes/year PDH plant and a 300,000 …

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M&A Predictions For 2012

By Malini Hariharan

After a record year of M&A activity will uncertainty about the global economy and weakness in many chemical markets dampen the appetite for new deals?

Nearly $82bn of deals were completed last year, more than double the …

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World Bank Highlights China Risks

By John Richardson

A NEW report by the World Bank on China, summarised on the slide below, supports what we argued in chapter 6 our e-book, Boom, Gloom & The New Normal: That without the success of efforts to reform …

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China Coal-to-Chems Challenges

By John Richardson

CHINA’s coal reserves will last only another 38 years at their present rate of extraction, according to Kai Pflug, CEO of Shanghai-based consultancy, Management Consulting – Chemicals, in this article from ICIS Chemical Business.

This suggests that …

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US Petchems: The Bigger Picture

By John Richardson

Access to cheap feedstock, access to cheap feedstock and access to cheap feedstock might seem like the three most-important elements to any petrochemicals strategy.

Thus, for many in the US, adding capacity based on abundant and therefore …

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Butadiene An Extreme Example

By John Richardson

BUTADIENE is an extreme example of what my fellow blogger Paul Hodges described yesterday as happening across several major petrochemicals markets.

Panicky buyers have, just as they did last year, “bought forward” in the hope that by …

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Europe Markets Lure Asian Polyolefins

By John Richardson

EXACTLY the same scenario is playing out in European polyolefin markets, as in Latin America and possibly the US, my ICIS colleague Linda Naylor reported last Friday.

High polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices in Europe have …

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Pricing To Struggle For The Rest of 2012

By John Richardson

Further confirmation of the themes we raised yesterday emerged from an interview with a senior polyolefin industry source, with some important new analysis.

Profitability in Asia is the worst of any of the three regions, he told …

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