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Chinaplas: Optimism, consolidation, new plant start-ups and more

By Malini Hariharan

Chinaplas has just concluded and my colleagues have filed some great reports from Shanghai.

Worries about a margin squeeze in the second half of the year persist but polymer producers seem to be increasingly confident about long-term …

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Aramco-Dow project to be scaled down?

By Malini Hariharan

If you are moving a project to a new location then why not take some time to re-examine its configuration?

That appears to be the thinking at Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical for their proposed cracker and …

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Reliance eyes 2014 start for Jamnagar cracker

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries is moving ahead with its Jamnagar cracker project and is looking at completing it in 2014, reports ICIS news.

Preliminary activity on the project, which was put on hold after the 2008 economic crisis, has …

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Indonesia is back on the projects scene

By Malini Hariharan

After a decade of inactivity since the Asian financial crisis, Indonesia is once again drawing attention. Two news reports indicate that companies are evaluating major investments in refining and petrochemicals.

Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) is said …

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Good Chance Of Polyolefin Trough Delay

By John Richardson

THE betting remains on trough conditions arriving for polyolefins at some point later this year with new supply expected to begin to severely lengthen markets towards the end of Q2.

A temporary buying strike in China that …

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Commodity Stockpiles A Risky Bet

 

By John Richardson

Inventories of copper, aluminium, lead and nickel have risen as prices for all these commodities have also surged, says this article in The Economist.

 

Source of graph: The Economists

 

Copper stocks total half a …

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China Polyolefns: Trying To See Through The Data

 

Source of picture: www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/newslet/sum…mber.htm

 

By John Richardson

Hope springs eternal when it comes to trying to fathom the direction of the polyolefin market in China.

One particular hope rests on March import numbers from China Customs, due to …

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Surge in Saudi-US PE Exports Reported

Heading West,,Jeddah’s container port

 

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By John Richardson

SABIC has increased its exports of PE to the US in response to high pricing and what could be weaker demand in China, a source with a …

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China: Playing the Devil’s Advocate

Jim Chanos gets it right more than 70% of the time (unlike Alan Greenspan)

 

Source of picture: New York Post

 

Somebody has to play the devil’s advocate, but having just finished reading Gillian Tett’s excellent Fool’s Gold about …

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Muddled Messages Over Yuan Revaluation

 

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By John Richardson

Confusing messages continue to emerge from Beijing over whether a revaluation of the Yuan is imminent, a debate that has major implications for the chemicals industry.

The Financial Times reported this …

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