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As Global Free Trade Unwinds, Where You Have Built Becomes Critical

By John Richardson

THE assumption that global free trade will continue to grow has successfully underpinned the strategy of petrochemicals producers for many years. Companies have been able to plan new capacities in just about any location secure in the …

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The Risks Ahead For Polyethylene

By John Richardson

TOO many people will look at the chart on the left and think, “Crisis? What crisis?” But glance to the right for what it is like in another petrochemicals value chain. What is happening on the right …

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The Opportunities For 2016 And Beyond Are Huge

A happy festive season and all the best for the New Year to my readers. What should chemicals companies do to be successful in 2016 and beyond. What follows will help. I am taking a break from blogging, but will …

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European Petchems: Necessity is Again The Mother Of Invention

By John Richardson

WHEN has a European cracker gone beyond its useful life? Forty or 50 years? Or maybe if you spend the right amount of money, it can last for a great deal longer.

Devoting enough ingenuity and capital …

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Do Business On China’s Terms Or Do No Business At All

By John Richardson

THE above slide summarises where I think the future opportunities will lie for overseas polyolefins producers in the key China market.  This is taken from my  recent speech at the ICIS 4th World Polyolefins  Conference in Amsterdam.…

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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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China Exports: Whatever It Takes To Boost Volumes

By John Richardson

HERE is a reminder of some key facts about the Chinese economy:…

Investment, in the form of local real estate, infrastructure and industrial capacity accounts for around 50% of the country’s GDP.
China’s total investment levels are

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Europe’s Dinosaur Destiny

By John Richardson

DINOSAURS became extinct, scientists think, because of an event beyond their control – either an asteroid colliding with the earth, volcanic activity, an ice age, disease or gradual climate change.

With all due respect to the former …

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China’s About Turn: The Seven Global Implications

By John Richardson

HISTORIANS will end up concluding that falling emerging market currencies and stock markets – the prelude to what could be a full-blown crisis –  is really about China and not about the US Federal Reserve. The Fed …

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ExxonMobil, Energy Efficiency And Innovation

By John Richardson

SAVING money through energy efficiency, along with innovation, will be two of  the keys to success in the New Normal because  demand-growth patterns will be very different than during the Supercycle. The suspension, which guaranteed success for …

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