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China Polyolefins – A Bad Case Of Indigestion

By John Richardson

IT IS always dangerous to assume that the future will be exactly the same as the past – a big lesson from the recent financial crisis.

But so seems to have been the assumption amongst China’s polyolefin …

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Aramco Confirms Ras Tanura Location Review

Here’s a post from a guest blogger, my good colleague Prema Viswanathan – Deputy Managing Editor of ICIS pricing in Asia.

Ras Tanura and Al-Jubail

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By Prema Viswanathan

A Saudi Aramco official has confirmed a …

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Dealing With The Middle East Logistics Challenge

Singapore’s container port

 

 

Source of picture: www.gcaptain.com

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

A big challenge facing many companies that have built large polymer plants that are located far from key markets is how to move product most efficiently.…

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Bright Future Predicted for Saudi Private Cos

           Riyadh

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By John Richardson

PRIVATE Saudi Arabian petrochemical companies need not fret about the ethane-gas shortage that two sources had last week told us would hold up their development, according a third industry source we …

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Europe Faces More Middle East Pressure

A high chance of more showers

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By John Richardson

A closer look at last year’s polyolefin trade flows illustrates just how vulnerable European producers will be over the next few years to rising pressure from …

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No More Gas For Saudi Private Cos – Industry Source

Ras Tanura in Saudi – private companies bunkered by feedstock shortage?

By John Richardson

The gas feedstock shortages in Saudi Arabia – which we have commented on before – are such that no private company will receive any allocations in …

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China Polyolefin Buyers Smell Blood……

…..but time to party for some thanks to re-exports to Brazil

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By John Richardson

It’s a funny old world – or so it seems in poylolefins at the moment as traders re-export resin from China …

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US-China Yuan Row And The Threat To Chemicals

 

Source of picture: The China Daily

 

By John Richardson

THE outcome of the row between the US and China over the value of the Yuan has the potential to bring to an end a tentative and highly unbalanced …

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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…”

Source of picture: China Daily

 

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

Source of picture: www.theage.com.au

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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