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Global Polyethylene: A Painful Balancing Act

By John Richardson

HERE are a few important facts about polyethylene (PE):…

China accounted for 30%, or 2.35m tonnes , of global imports of linear low-density PE (LLDPE) in 2013 (see the above chart).
It accounted for 43% of high-density

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China: GDP And Forgetting What You Already Know

By John Richardson

THE blog has a terrible confession to make: We sometimes get it very badly wrong. How’s that for modesty?

A couple of months ago we got it very badly wrong when we kept waffling on and on, …

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Xi Jinping Further Underlines China’s “New Normal”

CHINA’S president Xi Jinping, in a landmark speech at the weekend, talked about the “New Normal” of lower economic growth and a different type of growth altogether.

He qualified this different type of growth as follows: “Through innovation and technological …

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Dow And Commodities-Specialities Integration

 

By John Richardson

IS diversification itself a problem in commodity chemicals and speciality companies with operations under one roof, or is it more how this diversification is handled?

This is a question raised by this excellent Insight article, from …

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The Minority Isn’t Always Wrong

By John Richardson

“I REALLY worry about the ability to export extra capacity from the US as I think global markets will become much more regional,” said a source with a poylolefins producer .

“The US is also pretty much …

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3D Printing Likely To Change Just About Everything

By John Richardson

3D printing will very probably force manufacturers, including those who make chemicals and polymers, to build entirely new business models.

Here is why:…

The young in Western societies will be poorer because of less aggregate demand as

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The WTO “Bali” Deal Versus ASEAN Priorities

By John Richardson

WHY sacrifice national or regional growth for the sake of freer global trade?

This is a question the blog has been asking itself since the breakthrough last week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Bali. …

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Rest In Peace, Nelson Mandela

By John Richardson

He got it, he understood it and in a fractious, self-interested world his self-sacrifice for his nation, his forgiveness for people who were once his enemies, was amazing after 27 years in prison. If many of the …

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China: No New “Demographic Dividend”

By John Richardson

ANOTHER, on the surface, stunning announcement last Friday – along with promises of root and branch economic reforms – was China’s decision to relax its one-child policy. All of these announcements followed the conclusion of last week’s …

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Searching For A Manufacturing Revival

By John Richardson

WALK into any airport bookshop and you will see shelf after shelf full of management and “get rich quick” books. How many books are you likely to see on inventing things and manufacturing? Hardly any…..

The danger …

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