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Europe’s Dinosaur Destiny

By John Richardson

DINOSAURS became extinct, scientists think, because of an event beyond their control – either an asteroid colliding with the earth, volcanic activity, an ice age, disease or gradual climate change.

With all due respect to the former …

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US Shale Gas And Income Distribution

By John Richardson

THE US shale gas and tight oil-driven energy revolution offers fantastic economic opportunities.

Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director of the American Chemistry Council, provided a comprehensive and very valuable summary of the opportunities during his …

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Dow Chemical And Back To The Future

By John Richardson

HOW the world has changed. Dan Loeb of the Hedge fund, Third Point, wrote in a letter proposing a spin-off of Dow Chemical’s petrochemicals assets: “We suspect that Dow’s push downstream has led the company to use …

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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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Less Rather Than More Petchems Free Trade

By John Richardson

A LOT of the talk at this year’s GPCA conference in Dubai was of the need for more free trade in petrochemicals.

There seems to be a risk that as more countries develop refinery and petrochemicals businesses, …

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Bio-based Local Ethylene Plants A Good Alternative

By John Richardson

THE proven approach for success in petrochemicals is, of course, to find cheap feedstocks somewhere and build a world-scale cracker complex.

That “somewhere” doesn’t necessarily have to be close to the final customers in emerging markets. For …

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China’s Overshadowing Economic Importance

By John Richardson

AS we head into this weekend’s crucial November plenum , it is worth remembering that there is no chemicals and polymers market to compare with China’s in volume terms anywhere else in Asia.

Take polyproplyene (PP) as …

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The Rebirth Of Naphtha Cracking

 

By John Richardson

Might cracking naphtha in Asia, Europe, and perhaps even the US, once again become so attractive that it starts to challenge the big advantage currently being enjoyed by cracking ethane?

Yes, perhaps. Opportunities could arise to …

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No Ethylene Margins Peak In 2016

 

By John Richardson

FORECASTS of European capacity closures and project delays and cancellations have led some financial analysts to the conclusion that there will be a peak in ethylene margins from 2016 onwards.

This will provide a few years …

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China PE Imports: A Long-Term Outlook

 

By John Richardson

THE chart below is worth revisiting, and pondering again, as we attempt to assess the future of polyethylene (PE) exports to China.

In the case of the Middle East, as the chart shows, it has been …

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