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China: More Credit For Less Growth

By John Richardson

REMEMBER this time last year when a surge in credit availability occurred in China,  thanks to the shadow-banking system?

This helped support a pick-up in economic activity in the second half of the year, including stronger chemicals …

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China’s About Turn: The Seven Global Implications

By John Richardson

HISTORIANS will end up concluding that falling emerging market currencies and stock markets – the prelude to what could be a full-blown crisis –  is really about China and not about the US Federal Reserve. The Fed …

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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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ExxonMobil, Energy Efficiency And Innovation

By John Richardson

SAVING money through energy efficiency, along with innovation, will be two of  the keys to success in the New Normal because  demand-growth patterns will be very different than during the Supercycle. The suspension, which guaranteed success for …

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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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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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India Gas Price Breakthrough

By John Richardson

DEMOGRAPHICS can drive chemicals demand in the right direction, provided the correct government policies are in place.

India’s demographics are much better than China’s, as this data from the CIA Factbook indicate. For instance, as of 2013 …

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ExxonMobil Highlights US Growth Challenge

By John Richardson

WHEN somebody very senior in the petrochemicals industry makes a bold statement – one that pulls no punches – it is worth taking note.

And so it is worth reading in full what Stephen Pryor, ExxonMobil Chemical …

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Researching China Credit And Growth

By John Richardson

A lot of the focus in polyethylene (PE) markets at the moment is on supply and on what impact this might have on the key China market during 2014.

Crunching this data will always remain a crucial …

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Gas, Gas, And Perhaps Even More Gas

By John Richardson

THE global petrochemicals industry is stepping on the gas as it accelerates both capacity expansions and the restructuring of existing assets. Apologies for the pun.

In the US, of course, some 25m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity is …

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