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China Labour Shortage Threat To Chem Demand Grows

“Sorry, but there’s more to life – I really don’t want to do this anymore…”

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By John Richardson

The labour shortage crisis in southern China – which one trader had claimed would last exactly …

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Good Manners More Important Than Financial Results

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By John Richardson

A good friend of mine, working for a Singapore-based chemical company, recently had a discussion about a new office seating plan with her company’s human (????) resources manager.

“I have decided not to …

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Saudi Feedstock Pricing May Change Next Year

What’s the gas?

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By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabian feedstock pricing arrangements for ethane, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and naphtha could change in 2011 – affecting the competitiveness of existing and future investments, two well-placed …

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Western Chems: Exporting Into More Domestic Trouble?

China’s migrant workers – a risky game…

 

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By John Richardson

THIS very disturbing Op-Ed piece by Paul Krugman in the New York Times argues that the US needs to impose a 25% …

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China Re-exports Large Volumes Of PE To Latin America

Heading for the high jump

 

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By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market looks as if it has gone a little pear-shaped as a result of high inventory levels and buyers anticipating the long-awaited flood …

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Asian propylene pricing heading for “a crash”

By John Richardson

PROPYLENE pricing is heading for “a crash” in Asia as a result of spot supply increasing by around 20,000 tonne/month, a senior industry source has told the blog.

Shell Chemicals will have a surplus 440,000 tonne/year of …

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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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