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Taiwan Growth Underlines Long Term Shift

By John RichardsonEVIDENCE that China is no longer acting as the growth engine of the world, because it is too busy dealing with internal adjustments, is mounting.

For example, on Tuesday of this week Taiwan announced that its year-on-year Q1 …

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Southeast Asia ‘s Economic Boom

By John Richardson

SOUTHEAST (SEA) polyolefins demand grew by 15-20% last year in some of the region’s emerging countries, such as Indonesia, according to a source with a major global producer.

Confidence is high as overseas money pours into super-hot …

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Asia Top Ten Chem Companies

By John Richardson

SINOPEC’s remarkable rise in the petrochemicals business continued in 2011 as it jumped two places in the ICIS Top 100 ranking, compared with 2010, to finish second overall, behind BASF. This was the result of a 28.9% …

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China PE Demand Weakness Continues

 By John Richardson

LET’S put this into context: China’s polyethylene (PE) demand grew by 53 percent in 2008-2010.

Growth during the first seven months of this year was just 1.7 percent over Januuary-July 2011, according to Global Trade Information Services (GTIS). …

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BASF Highlights Changes In Growth

 

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Source of picture: BASF

 

By John Richardson

“THE struggle over China’s future direction seems to be harder fought than we had imagined,” said BASF vice chairman Martin Brudermüller last Thursday, in a German newspaper interview.

“There …

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China PE Demand Falls Six Percent

By John Richardson

The 6% decline in apparent polyethylene (PE) demand in China from January to April this year, compared with the same periods in 2011 and 2010, underlines what market participants have been telling the blog for many months.…

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APIC: A Sense Of Shock

 

By John Richardson

ANOTHER theme that emerged from last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was the shock at the extent of the price declines in the key China market.

In polyolefins, the slump in …

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Chems Trade Finance Threat

By John Richardson

NEW banking regulations could severely restrict the ability of small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies to access trade finance. This would hit Asia particularly hard, as the majority of chemicals and polymer business involves SMEs.

Under the Basel III …

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Petchems And The Non-Profit Motive

By John RichardsonAS the US contemplates raising its ethylene capacity by up to 29 percent by 2017, we would be fascinated to know whether the companies involved in these proposed expansions, and the “cheer leader” chemical industry observers spurring them …

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There Is No Going Back

By John Richardson

“IF we build polymer capacity in India the demand will come,” a very senior industry executive told the blog last year. He amplified this statement by explaining that greater availability of plastics would always stimulate strong demand …

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