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China Will Do What Suits China

By John Richardson

CHINA might well be in the midst of deflation caused by overcapacity in some chemicals, and in many other industries as well, but the longer-term strategic direction of reducing dependence on imports doesn’t appear to have changed.…

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Please Be Careful Out There

By John Richardson

Quite often, a chart is worth many thousands of words. The above chart, from Bloomberg, shows the divergence between the soaring S&P 500 index and US macro-economic indicators.

The theory is that soaring equity values will be …

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APIC And Demand

 

Just an anomaly?

 

Source: American Chemistry Council

 

By John Richardson

FEEDSTOCK advantage is, of course, crucially important, but so is demand.

And yet the only subject that most people wanted to talk about in any depth at last …

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Taiwan Growth Underlines Long Term Shift

By John RichardsonEVIDENCE that China is no longer acting as the growth engine of the world, because it is too busy dealing with internal adjustments, is mounting.

For example, on Tuesday of this week Taiwan announced that its year-on-year Q1 …

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Sinopec And The Blog’s Favourite Triangle

By John Richardson

ONE of Sinopec’s subsidiaries, Shanghai Petrochemical, has weighed-in to the debate over US shale gas by warning that cheap petrochemicals imports from the States could erode the whole of China’s competitiveness.

“We can’t tell how severe the …

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China’s Cancer Villages

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By John Richardson

CHINA has as many as 400 “cancer villages”, with many of the cancer clusters being blamed on the chemicals industry.

Much of the nation’s countryside – the source of China’s food supply - is contaminated …

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China Economic Policies To Get Tougher

By John Richardson

THERE will, of course, be bright spots in petrochemicals markets as a result of factors independent of China’s new economic direction.

For example, as an aromatics trader points out, there are huge paraxylene (PX) capacity additions in …

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Xi Jingping’s Challenges

By John Richardson

XI Jinping, who formally became China’s president last week during the National People’s Congress meeting, faces enormous challenges.

Life is, for example, pretty grim for hundreds of millions of people in China.

Many have lost out on …

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Less Bling, Please

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By John Richardson

CHINA’S industrial output has had the weakest start to a year since 2009 and retail sales growth has slowed, according to this article from Bloomberg.

New local-currency loans for February were also …

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Innovation: No More Time Left To Lose

 

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By John Richardson

MY colleague Nigel Davis has written an excellent Insight article which highlights how some chemicals companies are seeking to respond to changing patterns.

As we have discussed before, Bayer Material Science …

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