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China: Again, Please Listen To Us: “No Change In Direction”

By John Richardson

China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, could not have been clearer in comments that he made on Monday during a meeting with some of the country’s top corporate leaders.

He told business leaders that the government aimed to create …

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India’s Republic Day: Just Think What Can Be Achieved

By John Richardson

TODAY is Republic Day in India and so I hope that what comes next will not be seen as overly negative.

But I think it is essential, as the New Normal develops, that we have an open …

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How China’s New Silk Road Is Reshaping Global Chemicals

By John Richardson

THE red line on the map below, from the Washington Post, shows the world’s longest-ever freight-train journey, which began on 18 November in Yiwu, the largest wholesale centre for small consumer goods in China.

It ended 21 …

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China: Counting The Cost Of Wrong Analysis

By John Richardson

VERY few people listened when I warned in November 2013 that China’s economy was about to enter a “New Normal” as a result of the biggest about-turn in economic policy that China had seen for at least …

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Asian Polyethylene: Inventory Losses Threaten Survival

By John Richardson

HERE are some observations, from several discussions with market participants this week, about what is happening in China’s key polyethylene (PE) market:…

If the oil price stays at $40-50 a barrel then payment collection from local customers,

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Indonesia: Seize The Day

By John Richardson

IT WAS criminally wrong. Yes, criminally wrong. Financial speculators drove up the price oil to $100 a barrel and more, which forced developing countries to waste many billions of dollars on fuel subsidies.

This was money that …

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How To Get Through 2015 In One Piece (More Or Less)

By John Richardson

EVERY time the oil price stabilises for just a few days there is pretty widespread talk of the market having found a bottom  and that a rebound is about to begin.

A case in point was last …

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Oil Markets In One Word: China

By John Richardson

A COMMENT I have heard so many times over the last two months is that once oil prices settle down, China’s petrochemicals buyers will have to come back in large numbers in order to replenish what must …

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China Petrochemicals In 2015: Five More Predictions

By John Richardson

HERE are five more predictions for China’s petrochemicals markets during 2015:

1.) Polyethylene, polypropylene (PP), phenol, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will be just some of the products that will see declines in imports …

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US Petrochemicals: Three Predictions For 2015

By John Richardson

AS you can see from the table below, there are  no less than 12 US ethane-based cracker projects being planned with lots of associated downstream capacity.

Theoretically, this represents:…

14.8m tonnes/year of new ethylene capacity at these

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