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China Environment Campaign Creates Global Inflation Threat

By John Richardson

THE ABOVE chart shows the major role that China has played in driving global inflation, deflation – and now inflation again – since 2008. There is a close link between the movements in China’s Producer Price Index …

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How US Could Be Squeezed Out Of Europe’s Polyethylene Market

By John Richardson

EARLIER this year a commonly held view was that globalisation would slip into reverse gear with the very real prospect of a global trade war.

But this view didn’t take into account China’s One Belt, One Road …

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China’s Pollution/Economic Campaign To Reshape Petchems

By John Richardson

I BELIEVE that China’s environmental crackdown will continue to disrupt petrochemicals and polymers markets for the next few years.

This is not a temporary phenomenon that will largely go away with the end of the September 2017-March …

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Global Economy Is Less Able To Withstand A New Oil Price Shock

By John Richardson

HISTORY has a tendency to move very slowly, inching forward incrementally, and then all of a sudden a flurry of events over an incredibly short space of time can change everything. This is where we are today.…

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Crude Oil Prices In 2018: Impact On Naphtha-Based Polyethylene

 

By John Richardson

I WILL explain the full significance of the above charts for the Asian and global polyethylene (PE) industries later on this is post.

In short here, though, a great deal hinges on next year’s oil prices, …

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Benefits, Risks Of Petronas/Aramco Deals Serving As Template

By John Richardson

THE PETRONAS and Saudi Aramco joint ventures in the RAPID refining-to-petrochemicals project in Malaysia may serve as a template for further “win/win deals”. Whilst these deals will substantially benefit the companies and countries involved, there are broader …

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Global Debt At Unsustainable Levels As We Wait For Trigger Factor

By John Richardson

THE whole point about debt is that it should be sustainable. You should only lend or borrower money if you are entirely convinced that future economic conditions – i.e. future demand – justify your commitments.

Nice theory, …

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China’s 19th Party Congress: Stronger President Xi Good For Petchems Growth

By John Richardson

I SEE three Scenarios for Chinese economic growth, and so of course petrochemicals demand growth, in 2018-2025. See below where I detail how these three Scenarios would affect growth in demand for polypropylene (PP).

But first of …

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Four Billion Tonnes of Plastic Waste And Counting: The Threat To Petchems Growth

By John Richardson

THE world will have produced a total of 6.9bn tonnes of the 11 synthetic polymers I’ve detailed in the above chart between 1978, when our data begins, and the end of 2017.

Using the assumptions behind an …

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Why China Is Becoming More Innovative Than The West

By John Richardson

THE data is quite staggering. Last year, mobile payments in China totalled $5.5 trillion versus compared with just a $112 billion. This means that on  a per capita or person basis, mobile internet payments totalled $3,900 in …

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