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China Coal-To-Olefins: Water Not An Issue

By John Richardson

CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the water issue stands in the way of the growth of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry in China.

The process consumes a lot of water  – between 15-20 tonnes for every tonne of …

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Modi Pledges To Do More Than Just Boost The Stock Market

By John Richardson

THE blog is delighted that Narendra Modi sees the bigger picture through this bold statement: “By 2022, no Indian should be without a home, without clean water, without electricity and without a toilet.”

Fantastic. This is exactly …

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China’s Methanol Industry: Through The Looking Glass

By John Richardson

AT first glance, some of the facts relating to China’s methanol sector sound like Jabberwocky  sounded to Alice when she firs discovered the language of that name in the marvellous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice Through The Looking …

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The New “China Price” Threatens Metallocene LLDPE

By John Richardson

THE great advantage of moving up the value chain to  metallocene-grade linear low-density polyethylene (mLLDPE) in Asia is that every time converters upgrade their equipment, they tend to switch to machinery that can process the resin.

“In …

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China To Keep Polyolefins Imports Out

By John Richardson

THERE has been a lot of talk about how fully integrated coal-to-polyolefins plants in China will compete exceptionally well with naphtha crackers on a variable cost basis.

OK, in terms of capital costs, the whole coal-to-polyolefins chain …

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How China’s “Social Contract” Is Changing

 

By John Richardson

ON this particular day, it is worth thinking some more about how the social contract between China’s leaders and its people is evolving.

Much of the commentary focusing on 4 June 1989 has described how China’s …

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Dear Mr Abbott, What On Earth Have You Done?

By John Richardson

INNOVATION has to be the cornerstone of Australia’s economy from now on because of these two reasons:

1.)    The China-led resources boom is over  and so Australia can no longer just dig stuff out of the ground …

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Thailand’s Coup: The Economic Suspension Has Gone

By John Richardson

WE are  going to feel every political, social and economic bump in the road from now on because the suspension on the proverbial automobile has gone.

No longer can Asian economies compensate for their domestic problems in …

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US Jobs Revival A Mirage

By John Richardson

THE US is well and truly back economically was once again one of the themes at this year’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Pattaya, Thailand.

It was argued that shale gas has led to a manufacturing …

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China Reconsiders Petchems Targets

By John Richardson

CHINA has long set targets for petrochemicals self-sufficiency in each of its  five-year economic plans – and those targets have been pretty aggressive as the chart above, showing the recent rise in ethylene production, indicates. These have …

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