UK General Election: Charisma Bypass

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David Cameron

Source picture: right up north

 

 

By John Richardson

Nothing to do with chemicals, but indulge me – this is a once-in-five-years event.

I really miss, in some ways, the pantomime politics of the 1980s and early …

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Greek Bonds And Chemicals

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Gillian Tett: Worth Listening To

 

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By John Richardson

The excellent journalist Gillian Tett, whose book on the financial crisis – Fool’s Gold is well worth a read – again hits the nail on the …

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Singapore Value-add Chem Announcements Expected Soon

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Ben van Beurden of Shell Chemicals

 

Source of picture: Shell.com

 

By John Richardson

SINGAPORE looks set to soon make some further announcements on high-value investments downstream of the new Shell Eastern Petrochemical Co (SEPC) cracker.

The complex – …

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China: Yet More Record Imports

By John Richardson

The extraordinary China import story continues, raising yet more questions about where all these volumes are going at a time when the government is trying to cool the economy down.

Does this mean that speculation continues apace …

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US Olefins Price Falls Could Be Turning Point

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Flagging-up the dangers…

Source of picture: http://www.illusionsofdander.com/2007/08/car-dealerships-and-flag-companies-may.html

 

By John Richardson

THE recent 22% and 18% falls in US spot ethylene and propylene prices might be a sign that this yeat’s price rallies have been more the result of stronger crude and petrochemicals re-stocking …

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Changing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A turnaround in petrochemical fortunes in the US, as a result of falling gas prices, means that Dow Chemical is willing to wait to get the best value for its basic chemicals business.

At an earnings call …

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Was The Chinaplas Optimism Justified?

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Too good to be true?,.,,,,,

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By John Richardson

I VISITED the Chinaplas plastics exhibition in Shanghai late last month and was greeted with a wall of unremitting optimism.

Here are a few samples of …

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What’s the Future of Ras Tanura?

By John Richardson

One wonders what might be the future of the Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical project in Saudi now that it has been officially confirmed that it might be relocated from Ras Tanura to Al-Jubail because of escalating …

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China Chlor-alkali A Real Industry Still Struggling

By John Richardson

The mood on the proverbial factory floor can be very different to that in buoyant stock and other commodity markets as the impact of the economic crisis lingers, with the chor-alkali to vinyls industry in China just …

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Tide is turning

By Malini Hariharan

After seeing very strong pricing for the last few months US propylene and polypropylene (PP) buyers have started talking of imminent correction.

PP buyers expect a 7-10cent/lb ($154-200/tonne) drop in May prices, reports ICIS news.

The prediction …

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