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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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China Excess Phenol Capacity A New Strategic Tool

By John Richardson

STANDARD Western cost-per-tonne analysis has never really been applied in China’s petrochemicals industry – and it never will be applied.

In the past, we have seen how petrochemicals plants have often been run at operating rates of …

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China’s Real Growth Could Be Weakest Since 1995

By John Richardson

WE all should know that China’s published GDP figures are meaningless as, of course, China’s premier Li Keqiang has told us so.

But the trouble is that so many analysts continue to talk about another burst of …

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China Transformation Webinar Tomorrow

By John Richardson

EVERYWHERE you look is the same,  according to the Asia ICIS pricing reports for the week ending 5 September. For example:…

Purified terephthalic acid operating rates were just 52-53% at the end of last week, down from

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China Will Not Shut Down. It Will Instead Run Harder.

By John Richardson

EVERY $10 decline in the iron ore price knocks more than $2bn off the annual revenues of Vale,  Rio Tinto and BHP Billion and around $250m from those of Anglo American.

We can see a similar dynamic …

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China’s Polyester Crisis: The Global Implications

By John Richardson

EVERYWHERE you turn it looks bad in China, especially in the polyester value chain.

“So has it always been in polyester. Because of its ownership structure, capacities up and down the chain are often out of sync,” …

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Asia Chemicals Face Another Disorderly Destocking Process

By John Richardson

ASIAN chemicals markets have gone through another sequence of inventory building that will once again be followed by a period of disorderly de-stocking, warns Paul Satchell, UK-based chemicals analyst with investment and investor services firm, Cannacord Genuity.…

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China PTA Imports Halve As Exports Surge

By John Richardson

CHINA’S purified terepthalic acid (PTA) imports fell to just 751,000 tonnes in the first half of this year compared with 1.56m tonnes in H1 2013. Meanwhile, exports increased to 232,000 tonnes from  only 27,000 tonnes.

The sad …

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China MEG: Understanding A Doubling Of Inventories

By John Richardson

THE chart above shows how mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) coastal inventory levels in China have more than doubled since 2010. One explanation might be that the substantial increase in MEG demand since 2010 means that inventories, as a …

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China Polyester: Failure To Ask The Right Questions

By John Richardson

HERE is a historical account of what has gone wrong with China’s polyester industry:…

Apparel and non-apparel manufacturers were first encouraged to back-integrate to polyester fibres production and then to purified terephthalic (PTA) as the central government

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