Global manufacturing set to drift

By Malini Hariharan

China’s status as factory for the world is under threat as rising costs of operating are startingto bite.

Estimates of wage cost hike this year range from 10% to 20%. And if higher prices of raw material …

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Will the US lead the next olefins wave?

By Malini Hariharan

A few weeks back after a post on the rise of shale gas the blog was asked a question about new petrochemical investments in North Americas. Were they feasible? Would ethane prices remain attractive for the long …

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Butadiene – will the good times last?

By Malini Hariharan

A question that every butadiene buyer has been asking for a long time is when will prices ease?

There are no signs yet although buyers are threatening to cut production.

Butadiene rose by more than $200/tonne last …

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The Chemicals Party Is Over

By John Richardson

IT has been a fantastic party. Nobody expected that the drinks would last for so long, thanks to Wen Jiabao and Ben Bernanke working overtime to man the 24/7 off-licence (it is called “liquor store” in the States …

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Petchems Could Enjoy Abundant Naphtha

By John Richardson

THE refining industry enjoyed a golden era before the global economic crisis thanks to a booming economy and gasoline shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina. Inevitably, therefore, as is so often the case with commodity industries, too much …

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China Inflation Impact On Chemicals

By John Richardson

POLYETHYLENE (PE) prices were assessed stable-to-weaker by my colleagues at ICIS pricing late last week as Sinopec was reported to be evaluating a 10% reduction in operating rates.

Sinopec hardly ever cuts production on market conditions as …

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China’s Inflation Struggle

By John Richardson

LIKE the boy who cried Wolf the blog might not be believed as we once again warn about the risks ahead for China’s economy.

We have been worried for a long time that eventually China’s huge economic …

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China outlines shale gas ambitions

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By Malini Hariharan

With all the buzz around shale gas in the US the blog is not surprised to read that China is also turning to this unconventional source of gas.

The country is looking to start shale gas production …

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US Petchems Overconfident On Shale Gas

By John Richardson

THE soaring confidence of the US petrochemicals industry over abundant ethane feedstock from shale gas could end up being colossally misplaced, as we have discussed before on the blog.

America is the most NIMBY (not in my …

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Broad Commodities Sell-off Beckons

By John Richardson

THE blog remains extremely worried that there is about to be a major sell-off of commodities in general, including petrochemicals, as conditions right now feel very similar to those in 2008.

Whether we will face a systemic …

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