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China Coal-To-Olefins “A Net Water Producer”

By John Richardson

IT has become the accepted wisdom over the last few years that the coal-to-olefins (CTO) process in China consumes a lot of water.

This theory has been expressed in so many conference papers and in research papers …

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China’s Polyolefins Supply Surge: The Bigger Picture

By John Richardson

ON paper, the polyolefins supply surge in China during 2014 is huge as it involves:…

Some 2.2m tonnes/year of new  polyethylene (PE) capacity, according to this ICIS news article.
No less than 4.1m tonnes/year of new polypropylene

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China: Starting All Over Again

By John Richardson

WE NOW know is that China’s real GDP growth is probably heading into negative territory, perhaps by as early as Q4 – and if not by then, certainly in 2015.

But in order to fully answer “how …

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China And Tearing Up The Rule Book: A Ten-Point Guide

By John Richardson

WE thought it would be helpful for chemicals to summarise our thoughts on China as chemicals and other companies prepare their strategies for 2015.

See our ten-point guide below, with relevant links to our previous coverage and …

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Why China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Has To Continue

By John Richardson

CHINA’s anti-corruption campaign is now more than two years old and continues to generate a great deal of criticism.

These criticisms include claims that it sometimes targets the wrong individuals – and that the campaign might end …

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China’s Demand For Lending In Steep Decline

By John Richardson

WHEN the demand for lending in any economy starts to decline, you know that the people who make up that economy have an understanding that things are likely to get worse before they get better.

Hence, chemicals …

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Global Petchems Industry Must Prepare For More Difficult 2015

THE direction of Asian polyethylene markets, once again, serves as a good guide for the overall global petrochemicals industry.

Producers in every region and in every sector of our industry should, therefore, take note of what follows. They must prepare …

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China’s Lending Up Just 5% As Govt Refuses To Blink

By John Richardson

CHINA’S official bank lending was up just 5% in January-August of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to some more value-added data crunching by our fellow blogger, Paul Hodges.

It is  absolutely critical …

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China Doing “More With Less” In Steel And Plastics

By John Richardson

CHINA is still a poor country relative to the West and here is why:…

Average per capita annual urban incomes in 2013 were just Rmb29547 ($4769), according to official government statistics.
Average per capita rural incomes were

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Another Hammer Blow For China Polyethylene

By John Richardson

CHINA is bringing down the hammer time and time again as it continues to play the whack-a-mole game.

The latest blow to one or several of the unlucky moles involves the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) decision …

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