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China Muddle And Confusion Continues

By John Richardson

The muddle and confusion that has characterises forecasts for Chinese chemicals demand continues – and with all this persistent uncertainty comes a great deal of nervousness about volumes in the second half of 2010.

So far so …

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China Chems Liquidity Boost To Continue?

Lots more empty ones like these?

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By John Richardson

THE dramatic increase in China’s money supply during 2009 – the result of an estimated 10 trillion Yuan increase in lending over the previous year – might …

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UK General Election: Charisma Bypass

David Cameron

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By John Richardson

Nothing to do with chemicals, but indulge me – this is a once-in-five-years event.

I really miss, in some ways, the pantomime politics of the 1980s and early …

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Singapore Value-add Chem Announcements Expected Soon

Ben van Beurden of Shell Chemicals

 

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By John Richardson

SINGAPORE looks set to soon make some further announcements on high-value investments downstream of the new Shell Eastern Petrochemical Co (SEPC) cracker.

The complex – …

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US Olefins Price Falls Could Be Turning Point

Flagging-up the dangers…

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By John Richardson

THE recent 22% and 18% falls in US spot ethylene and propylene prices might be a sign that this yeat’s price rallies have been more the result of stronger crude and petrochemicals re-stocking …

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Was The Chinaplas Optimism Justified?

Too good to be true?,.,,,,,

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By John Richardson

I VISITED the Chinaplas plastics exhibition in Shanghai late last month and was greeted with a wall of unremitting optimism.

Here are a few samples of …

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China Chlor-alkali A Real Industry Still Struggling

By John Richardson

The mood on the proverbial factory floor can be very different to that in buoyant stock and other commodity markets as the impact of the economic crisis lingers, with the chor-alkali to vinyls industry in China just …

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Co-Monomer Shortage Provides LLDPE Respite

By John Richardson

AN enormous amount of new linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) output should, in theory, be destabilising Asian markets right now due to recent start-ups and increased production at plants brought on-stream last year and in early 2010.

But …

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China’s GDP Growth Out Of Official Comfort Zone

By John Richardson

China’s first-quarter GDP (gross domestic product) growth of 11.9% – the number released yesterday by the National Bureau of Statistics – is way above the 9.5% that the chairman of a major local bank has reportedly said …

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China Polyolefins Growth Forecast To Slump

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By John Richardson

CHINA’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) demand growth is set for a dramatic decline in 2010-12, according to the latest estimates from Shanghai-based commodities information service CBI (see table at the end of …

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