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Disappointment in India…speculation on Rabigh

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The 17 Nov public hearing arranged by the Indian government at Delhi to discuss provisional anti dumping duties levied on PP imports from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman …

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The more the merrier

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Sumitomo Chemical and Saudi Aramco appear to be in a generous mood. After successfully launching the first phase of their joint venture and starting work on the second …

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Caution is the name of the game

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Japanese chemical majors have raised their sales and profit forecasts for the second half of the fiscal year ending 31 March 2010, but the revisions are marginal and …

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China Export Gains Raise Sustainability Fears

 

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CHINA is making export gains at the expense of other higher-cost competitors that might not be sustainable because of reasons including rising trade protectionism and economic rebalancing.

Chemical companies need to factor in …

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Wearing blinkers is a job requirement

“Take it from me, peripheral vision isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you want to get a decent annual bonus….”

 

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Here’s a rant for Tuesday – with thanks to Paul Hodges for informing …

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How do Asian cracker operators compete?

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Not an easy answer and not one much suited to a few paragraphs of blogging.

But here’s one thought as the competitive environment becomes a great deal more difficult due to new Middle East capacity and …

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Excessive Confidence A Risk

Confidence along all the chemicals value chains is always a key issue because of the ability to aggressively manage inventories, according to the London-based chemicals analyst Paul Satchell.

So there’s the ever-present risk of sudden and very disruptive de-stocking. The …

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Micro-management gone too far?

“Nobody can see until the end of the month – never mind into the third quarter,” commented an olefins trader recently.

“The reason is that very senior managers are too busy micro-managing everything, from getting involved in trying to track …

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If manufacturers started buying up their suppliers….

This excellent article from The Economist about vertical integration got me thinking that if, say, auto makers start buying up parts suppliers in developed markets (in developing markets the plastics processing industry is too fragmented) we could end up facing …

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How to make money in a downturn Part 1

Herein begins an occasional series where I offer advice on how to make a little cash.

By the way, is it me or do I get the sense that a lot companies haven’t woken up to the severity of the …

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