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China Housing The Biggest Risk

By John Richardson

WHEN the blog made the point during a recent presentation that China is still predominantly a poor country, a chemicals industry executive pointed out that it doesn’t feel that way if you visit the Apple store in …

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China Credit Growth Lowest Since 2005

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyolefins markets have picked up over the last few weeks on reports of tighter supply.

For example, there are no less than 15 turnarounds taking place in China between March and June. This involves the shutdown …

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The Petronas Decision And Singapore

By John Richardson

THE blog continues to ponder the significance of the Petronas announcement that it is to go ahead with its $27bn refinery-petrochemicals project – the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) at Johor in Malaysia.

“It means that Singapore faces …

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China Turns A Corner On Shale Gas

By John Richardson

CHINA has more shale gas reserves than the US, and, like the US six years ago, confronts a dangerous reliance on imported energy.

But the development of the shale industry in China is being hampered by water …

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Poverty Alleviation Matters More Than GDP

By John Richardson

RICH people, relatively speaking, don’t buy that many chemicals and polymers – hence, poverty reduction matters from a dollars and cents as well as a moral perspective.

Thus, a report released this week by the Asian Development …

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The Petronas Decision: What It Means

By John Richardson

LAST week’s decision by Petronas to go ahead with its $27bn refinery and petrochemicals complex at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia, tells us that:…

Nation building remains important in the petrochemicals business. This project will create huge further

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China Identifies The Smart People

By John Richardson

CHINA’S government, via a very important statement on the state-run newswire Xinhua, have identified the smart people.

They are those who have already realised that China is not going to “blink”. There will be no big new …

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US Shale Gas: Demand Is The Thing

By John Richardson

Here is one way of looking at the shale gas industry in the US from a March Oxford Economics Report:…

While most of the companies that have made write-downs are not quitting, many players in this industry

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China’s SMEs, Good And Bad, Under Threat

By John Richardson

THE cosy relationship between the state-run banks and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has long held back economic rebalancing, but wasn’t a critical problem for small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) when official lending tripled in 2009 (have a look at the …

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US Petchems Risk Getting Only One Cookie

By John Richardson

WALTER Mischel, the psychologist, carried out an experiment on four-year-old children in the late 1960s.

“They were given a choice between a small reward (one Oreo cookie), which they could have at any time, or a larger …

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