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China After The Lunar New Year: Your Five-Point Guide

By John Richardson

HERE is a five-point guide to what will happen in China after the Lunar New Year is over (most of China will be only holiday from 18-24 February):…

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) now seems almost

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Chemical Sales, Capital Spending In A Weaker Oil-Price World

By John Richardson

THE above chart shows the top 23 of the latest ICIS Top 100 ranking of global chemicals companies by sales in US dollars for 2013.

When the 2014 numbers have been fully compiled and released later this …

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China Restructures The Global Petchems Business

By John Richardson

This chart should truly take your breath away as it shows that:…

China’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) exports fell from 2.5m tonnes in January-November 2013 to just over a million tonnes for the same period this year.

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Policymakers Have Failed The World

By John Richardson

WHEN the economic, social and political history of 2008-2014 ends up being written, there are two groups of people who are going to end up bearing a lot  of the blame for  the new global financial crisis. …

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The World Is Turning Upside Down

By John Richardson

A COMMON view is that Asia’s petrochemicals markets are merely suffering from a temporary destocking phrase, driven by the collapse in crude-oil prices.

So when crude oil prices settle down, everything will be fine.

Many people also …

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Chemicals Demand Is Not Going To Return To Normal

By John Richardson

EUROPEAN cracker operators are rushing to snap-up naphtha prices before prices rise again, reports my colleague Nigel Davis, in another of his excellent Insight articles.

“The lower crude price seems to be driving downstream demand. Europe’s crackers …

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Why Should China Be Any Different From The US?

By John Richardson

THE complacent, yesterday’s wisdom about China is that it will remain a major importer of lots of petrochemicals for many years to come.

If you have already stuck your neck out to support a project that will …

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China’s Next Target: Paraxylene Self-Sufficiency?

By John Richardson

ONLY a few years ago, people were discussing the great opportunities in purified terephthalic acid (PTA) as a globally traded product. I can remember confident talk of strong opportunities for export-based projects – especially, of course, projects …

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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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China: Do You Really Know Where Your Product Ends Up?

By John Richardson

AS a senior Chinese official announces that investigations into metals trading fraud have been extended from 13 to 24 provinces, and that $10bn worth of fraud could be involved, it stands to reason that these complex webs …

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