US-China Yuan Row And The Threat To Chemicals

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Source of picture: The China Daily

 

By John Richardson

THE outcome of the row between the US and China over the value of the Yuan has the potential to bring to an end a tentative and highly unbalanced …

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The changing world of gas

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By Malini Hariharan

The blog has recently written about gas availability in the Middle East and upcoming changes to pricing which have big implications for the petrochemicals business.

But the global gas market is seeing wider changes and these have …

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China Labour Shortage Threat To Chem Demand Grows

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“Sorry, but there’s more to life – I really don’t want to do this anymore…”

Source of picture: China Daily

 

By John Richardson

The labour shortage crisis in southern China – which one trader had claimed would last exactly …

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India’s petchem projects dilemma

By Malini Hariharan

I have been doing my annual exercise of compiling major petrochemicals projects in India and as usual there not too many.

Making a case for investing in a cracker in India has never been easy and the …

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Thailand’s Map Ta Phut crisis – the NGO side of the story

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By Malini Hariharan

Penchom Saetang of Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (Earth) is not a typical activist vociferously denouncing companies for their environmental misdeeds. She is soft spoken and rational in her criticism of the state of affairs at …

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Good Manners More Important Than Financial Results

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Source of picture: www.theage.com.au

By John Richardson

A good friend of mine, working for a Singapore-based chemical company, recently had a discussion about a new office seating plan with her company’s human (????) resources manager.

“I have decided not to …

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Saudi Feedstock Pricing May Change Next Year

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What’s the gas?

Source of picture: wwww.arabianoilandgas.com

 

 

By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabian feedstock pricing arrangements for ethane, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and naphtha could change in 2011 – affecting the competitiveness of existing and future investments, two well-placed …

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Iran’s many problems

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By Malini Hariharan

A new problem is brewing for Iranian petrochemical producers. It appears that the government is quite keen on raising feedstock ethane prices and this issue is now under ‘hot negotiations’.

“The National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) and …

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Western Chems: Exporting Into More Domestic Trouble?

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China’s migrant workers – a risky game…

 

Source of picture: China Daily

 

 

By John Richardson

THIS very disturbing Op-Ed piece by Paul Krugman in the New York Times argues that the US needs to impose a 25% …

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China Re-exports Large Volumes Of PE To Latin America

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Heading for the high jump

 

Source of picture: www.commons.wikemedia.,org

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market looks as if it has gone a little pear-shaped as a result of high inventory levels and buyers anticipating the long-awaited flood …

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