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Why China Is Becoming More Innovative Than The West

By John Richardson

THE data is quite staggering. Last year, mobile payments in China totalled $5.5 trillion versus compared with just a $112 billion. This means that on  a per capita or person basis, mobile internet payments totalled $3,900 in …

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Peak Oil Demand Opportunities For Petchems Are Being Over-Hyped

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of excitement about new petrochemicals feedstock opportunities resulting from the approaching end of the road for the internal combustion engine, the rise of the electricity battery car and the related arrival of Peak …

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How China’s OBOR Will Re-Order Global Petchems Value Chains

By John Richardson

EVERY petrochemicals company needs to understand the above map and its implications for global trade flows over the next 20 years. Failure to understand and respond to what this map is telling you would be a very …

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China To Raise Ethylene Capacity By 71% In Major Self-Sufficiency Drive

By John Richardson

CHINA could raise its ethylene capacity by as much as 71% and its propylene capacity by at least 21%, according to my latest analysis of a major new wave of naphtha, ethane and LPG crackers. The above …

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China Puts Environment Ahead Of GDP As Chemicals Shortages Build

By John Richardson

FURTHER evidence has emerged of the Chinese government’s determination to deal with an air pollution crisis that a new study says shortens life spans in China by three years .

Local government officials have long been measured …

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China And Aramco IPO: Win, Wins From A Closer Relationship

By John Richardson

NO SMOKE without fire? Perhaps, as there more and more reports that China will buy into next year’s Saudi Aramco IPO.. This would further cement already strong economic and geopolitical ties between China and Saudi Arabia. It …

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Climate Change, Extreme Weather: Implications For Chemicals Companies

By John Richardson

The greater frequency of extreme weather events presents a huge challenge for chemicals companies.

Take Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma as the most obvious current examples. Weather forecasting service AccuWeather writes in this article:

This is the …

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China’s War On Air Pollution Causes Major Chemicals Shortages

By John Richardson

CHINA is quite literally going to war against air pollution as tries to tackle a health crisis that causes some 1.6m deaths every year. The end-result is major shortages up and down many chemicals value chains.

The …

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China, China And China: The Three Drivers Of Global Styrene

By John Richardson

THE DATA on global polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) undermine the notion of booming emerging markets demand. In reality, it is only Chinese demand that has boomed and not the emerging markets as a whole. And when …

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Hurricane Harvey Economic Risks Increase As Cost Estimates Soar

By John Richardson

AGAIN, it’s the human cost that of course matters the most – and let’s hope it doesn’t keep on climbing. As of earlier today, the number of lives lost as a result of Hurricane Harvey had risen …

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