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China’s Widespread Inventory Problem

By John Richardson

THE extent of the inventory overhang in China has become more apparent thanks to a research note from Kunal Agrawal – Singapore-based refining and chemicals analyst with BNP Paribas.

Kunal’s note – based on a survey of …

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Propylene To Stay Expensive

By John Richardson

A DEBATE is taking place over whether the price of propylene will decline to its traditional discount versus ethylene.

In Europe, propylene prices went above ethylene for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2010. …

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China Downside Continues To Surprise

 

By John Richardson 

THE statistics speak for themselves. For example:

*The full HSBC August manufacturing index for China, which was released last Friday, showed that manufacturing input costs were rising at their fastest rate for four months, suggesting that …

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Economic concerns dampen EPCA meeting

By Malini Hariharan

On a day when Asian stock markets tumbled on fresh worries about Europe’s debt problems and a wider economic slowdown, it was not surprising to read about the downbeat mood at this year’s European Petrochemical Association’s (EPCA) …

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Siam Cement set for next Indonesian buy

By Malini Hariharan

After picking up a 30% stake in Chandra Asri, the Siam Cement Group (SCG) is looking to seal its next Indonesian buy.

Two companies, SCG and Japan’s Itochu Corp, are reported to have advanced to the second …

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China Tries To Transform Itself

By John Richardson

CAN China succeed in transforming its economy from one which is over-reliant on exports to one where domestic consumption is a much bigger driver of growth?

And how long will this process take and in the interim, …

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Constant Search For Feedstock Advantage

By John Richardson

AROUND $6bn worth of proposed petrochemical investments in Kazakhstan – the giant central Asian country with abundant oil and gas reserves – once again confirms the three most important factors for success: Feedstock, feedstock and feedstock.

“The …

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China looks for LPG

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been trying to get more information on what’s driving Chinese interest in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-based petrochemical projects.

Plans for eight propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants have already been announced and more could be in …

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Is China getting serious?

By Malini Hariharan

The Chinese government’s position on environmental safety has always been difficult to read. The official position for the last few years has been to reduce pollution by closing down old factories and forcing companies to invest in …

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China H2 GDP Growth Only 5%

By John Richardson

CHINA’S economy would only expand by 5% in H2 of this year and in the first half of 2012 on an annualised basis, said Diana Choyleva, a Hong Kong-based economist for Lombard Street Research.

This was the result of credit tightening as …

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