China Polyethylene Self-Sufficiency: The Right Questions To Ask

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of talk right now about now China’s coal-to-olefins (CTO) capacity additions are slowing down on rising concerns over the emissions produced by the technology.

A further factor behind the widespread view that capacity …

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Brexit: Automation Could Replace Many UK Jobs

As immigration declines, labour costs are set to rise. Companies could thus shut down, leave Britain or invest in more automation if they decide to stay in the UK

By John Richardson

THE BRITISH town of Slough has an unemployment …

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End Of China’s Latest Credit Bubble: Implications For Chemicals Demand

By John Richardson

THE effect on the global economy of China’s slowdown as it enters its next credit cycle is something I discussed on Friday. We next need to think about the implications for demand growth for all the things …

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Global Economic Recovery To Weaken On End Of China Stimulus

By John Richardson

THE extent to which the global economic recovery has been dependent on China will become all-too apparent over the rest of this year, and into 2018, as China once again reduces lending. As UBS writes in a …

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Brexit, US-China Trade Talks: Time Is Running Out

By John Richardson

BY MARCH 2019, Britain needs to have successfully negotiated the terms of Brexit – and be certain that when the clock stops ticking the terms of the deal will work in practice.

And the task of hitting …

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US Economy Returns To Weak Growth On Demographics

By John Richardson

THE US is a deeply politically divided country to the point where the divisions are having a profound effect on consumer confidence. As the New York Times writes:

Among Republicans, the University of Michigan consumer expectations index …

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Credit, Commodities And China: History May Soon Repeat Itself

By John Richardson

YOU should be getting that strong feeling that history might be about to repeat itself when you look at the January-February data on China’s petrochemicals markets. In polypropylene (PP), polyethylene, styrene, mono-ethylene glycol, phenol and acetone, the …

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Trump-Xi Summit Highlights What’s At Stake For US Petchems

By John Richardson

THE above chart, showing US linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) expansions and rising surpluses, is just one jigsaw piece of only one global manufacturing chain that could be completely reshaped by the Trump administration’s approach to free trade. …

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Global Deflation At Risk Of Returning On End Of China Commodities Bubble

By John Richardson

THIS time last year it was deflation that seemed to be the problem for the global economy. Despite many years of US Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England (BOE) etc. economic stimulus, consumer …

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China Crude Imports: Low Growth Could Again Mean Fall In Oil Prices

By John Richardson

RIGHT now, of course, oil prices are on the up again because of disruptions to Libyan production and confidence that OPEC will extend its production cuts.

Libya might of course be a temporary factor, and it depends …

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