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China’s chemical imports up – again!

By John Richardson

We don’t have the actual data yet (hopefully, we’ll be able to give you the numbers later this week), but……

……China’s commodity chemicals and polymer imports “continued to amaze” in September with monoethylene glycol (MEG) shipments hitting …

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All’s well in South Korea – for now

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

South Korean petchem majors are expected to post another quarter of bumper earnings thanks to high operating rates and strong sales volumes.

A Seoul-based equity research analyst think …

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China Export Gains Raise Sustainability Fears

 

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CHINA is making export gains at the expense of other higher-cost competitors that might not be sustainable because of reasons including rising trade protectionism and economic rebalancing.

Chemical companies need to factor in …

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China’s Great Growth Gamble

 

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China’s feverishly fast construction of roads, power plants and new industrial capacity has been designed to offset the decline in exports – and what a short-term success the policy has been.

Of the 7.7% of …

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China indicates monetary tightening

Confused Direction

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A TIGHTER monetary policy is being evaluated by China’s State Council, one of the country’s most-powerful legislative bodies, according to numerous media reports – including this one from Reuters.

And the …

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Should Indonesia Add Capacity?

 

 

 

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WESTERNERS can often by unbelievably patronising about Asia’s efforts to climb up the economic self-sufficiency ladder.

“South Korea has no business being in petrochemicals,” said a very annoying US industry executive many …

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How ridiculous does ridiculous have to get?

“YES, I HEAR YOU – I’M LISTENING….”

Source of picture: New York Daily News

 

How ridiculous does crude-oil pricing have to become before regulatory reforms occur that limit the role of financial speculation in a helpful way?

This was …

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GCC mood lifts despite worsening gas crisis

THE MOOD seems to have become a little more upbeat in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region of the Middle East thanks to the economic recovery.

“The flow of foreign funds into the GCC came to a complete standstill in …

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The Iranian investment struggle

 

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The political sensitivity surrounding Iran is so great that US-based companies are not even allowed to attend presentations by Iranian officials at conferences, a source said.

“I witnessed a recent walk-out during a presentation …

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Don’t count on Thai project delays

I have been digging a little deeper into the Map Ta Phut issue and it looks like expectations of major delays to projects at the site were a little premature.

Construction has not stopped despite a ruling by Thailand’s Central …

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