Polymer trading – a great investment opportunity?

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By Malini Hariharan

I recently met a businessman at a dinner party. After exchanging the usual greetings he eagerly disclosed his plans for a new business venture – trading in polymers.

“There will be three of us in this business; …

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Europe Faces More Middle East Pressure

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A high chance of more showers

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By John Richardson

A closer look at last year’s polyolefin trade flows illustrates just how vulnerable European producers will be over the next few years to rising pressure from …

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No More Gas For Saudi Private Cos – Industry Source

Ras Tanura in Saudi – private companies bunkered by feedstock shortage?

By John Richardson

The gas feedstock shortages in Saudi Arabia – which we have commented on before – are such that no private company will receive any allocations in …

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China Polyolefin Buyers Smell Blood……

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…..but time to party for some thanks to re-exports to Brazil

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By John Richardson

It’s a funny old world – or so it seems in poylolefins at the moment as traders re-export resin from China …

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US-China Yuan Row And The Threat To Chemicals

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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…”

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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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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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