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Following In The Footsteps Of China Is Impossible

By John Richardson

THE chart above shows how China’s consumption of polypropylene (PP) rose from 4.6 million tonnes in 2000 to 19 million tonnes in 2014.

It also illustrates how, in the process, China’s percentage share of global PP consumption …

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Where Have All The Jobs Gone?

By John Richardson

POLITICIANS everywhere know that their chances of staying in office depend on how many jobs they can at the very least prevent from disappearing down the economic plughole.

Ideally, they also want to be able to lay …

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Australia: This Is No Way To Run A Country

By John Richardson

TONY Abbott has survived an attempt to remove him as Australia’s Prime Minister.

Do you really think this will bring to an end the political instability that has resulted in four changes in PM since 2007? This …

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China Versus The EU: What A Contrast

By John Richardson

IT is worth comparing what is happening in China today with what is happening in the EU.

First of all, in China we are seeing:…

A political leadership that has been honest enough to admit that China

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New Silk Road Part 2: How China Will Win

Here is the second part of my thinking on what China’s New Silk Road means for the global chemicals industry. Part One appeared last Thursday.

 

By John Richardson

PER capital GDP in Yunnan province in China’s southwest was just …

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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 Would Be The Only Winner From A Price War

By John Richardson

IT IS dangerously wrong to still think of China as just a cheap, copycat low-value manufacturing nation. Yes, cheap, agreed, and to begin with, as was the case with the US, it has copied other countries’ technologies.…

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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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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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Europe: Three Very Easy Predictions For 2015

By John Richardson

HERE are some alarming facts about Europe:…

 If you include all the people who have become disheartened and so have dropped out of the labour force, the Spanish employment rate fell from 66% in 2007 to just

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