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Japan Disaster – Update On Lost Production

By John Richardson and Nigel Davis

THE humanitarian side of this disaster is foremost in everyone’s minds with more than 18,000 people now estimated to have died in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Of equal concern is the crisis at …

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European Petchems & Future Competitiveness

By John Richardson

Dear Reader

We hope and pray that the nuclear crisis in Japan will be resolved and that the rebuilding process following the earthquake and tsunami can be begin.

My colleagues at ICIS news are doing a comprehensive …

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Japan Disaster – Plants update

By Malini Hariharan

More companies are reporting damages to facilities after last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

Mitsubishi Chemical said in a statement that berths, roads and infrastructure around the plant area at its Kashima site have been damaged and delivery …

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Japan Disaster – Lost Production Update

By Nigel Davis

For some, life goes on. For others, everything is lost.

An email to the BBC on Tuesday from a resident in Mie, Japan, 350 miles from the stricken nuclear power plants on the east coast of the …

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Japan Disaster 4 – The Impact On Paraxylene

By John Richardson

ASIAN paraxylene (PX) and styrene markets look set to be the most affected by the loss of Japanese exports as the slide below from Bob Townsend at the UK-based consultancy, International eChem (Iec) illustrates. 

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My …

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Japan Disaster 2 – Refining, Petchems Update

By John Richardson

OUR sympathies again go to the people of Japan. The main focus should be on providing as much support as possible to the rescue efforts and let’s hope that petrochemical companies globally step forward.

But as we …

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Japan Disaster: Immediate Petchem, Refining Impact

By John Richardson

THE earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday afternoon is still hard to take in. We send our sympathy to everyone connected with this disaster and just hope and pray that the rescue efforts go exceptionally …

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Scenarios For China Refining & Petchem Output

By John Richardson

IF exploration and production (E&P) is the dog and refining the tail on the dog, poor old petrochemicals is merely a flee on the tail of the dog, goes the old saying.

Hence last November we reported …

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China Remains Weak On Government Tightening

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market – a reasonable proxy we often use for the chemicals and polymer industries as a whole – remains worryingly weak, according to several traders and producers interviewed by the blog this week.

Modest …

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Opportunities Can Vanish Before You Know It

By John Richardson

“Just when you think it is the right time to make an investment case to a board of directors, the particular opportunity you have been studying has an annoying habit of disappearing,” said a business development manager …

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