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Turkish Polyolefins Confront Tight Credit, China Uncertainty

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By John Richardson

THE economic crisis continues to force the global chemicals industry to think on its feet due to, among many other things, persistently tight credit in some regions.

China has also become even …

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SEA Chemicals Need To Learn From The Past

By John Richardson

THE whinging is getting almost unbearable in Southeast Asia over the Asean-China Free-Trade Agreement (ACFTA).

The deal was under discussion for EIGHT years and yet chemicals and polymer producers and customers seem to have left it until …

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China – An Opportunity And Threat

 

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By John Richardson

WHAT a difference ten years have made in the plastics processing industry, according to a Southeast Asian converter who sees China’s machinery=manufacturing prowess as an opportunity and threat.

“Ten years ago …

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Jurgen Talks A lot Of Sense

 

 

 

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By John Richardson

GROWTH in Europe isn’t going to return to 2008 levels before 2012, said BASF CEO Jurgen Hambrecht on the release of the German diversified chemical giant’s financial results for …

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THE US: Recovery, What Recovery?

 

 

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By John Richardson

CORE consumer prices in the US declined for the first time in December since 1982, according to the latest American Chemistry Council (ACC) Weekl;y Chemistry and Economic Trends report.

And …

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The Dangers of Forgetfulness

By John Richardson

“IF YOU want to develop a good memory, you should learn to stop xxxxxxx forgetting, you brain-dead idiot” a former editor of mine often said, in his charming Glaswegian accent, after I had made the same mistake …

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Optimism as China returns

By Malini Hariharan

The China market appears to have started the year of the tiger on a strong note. We are not yet hearing a roar but at least it is not a whimper.

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A polyolefin market …

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Asian Aromatics Crawl Towards Post-Chinese New Year

A roar or a whimper?

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By John Richardson

THE ASIAN aromatics market has had “both its legs chopped off below the knees, and has also had its proverbial hands broken,” said an Asian-based petrochemicals consultant …

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China Polyolefin Inventories Surge

A post-Chinese New Year dream….

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By John Richardson

The large amount of polyolefins delivered to China over the past few months is causing further head-scratching and anxiety among producers and traders.

One view, well …

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Is China Targeting Polyolefin Re-export Market?

By John Richardson

MORE evidence that China will not remain as easy a sink for surplus polyolefin volumes – especially in the case of the higher-cost importers – is emerging.

“There are plans to open a bonded warehouse in Guangdong province …

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