Archive | Philippines RSS feed for this section

Less Rather Than More Petchems Free Trade

By John Richardson

A LOT of the talk at this year’s GPCA conference in Dubai was of the need for more free trade in petrochemicals.

There seems to be a risk that as more countries develop refinery and petrochemicals businesses, …

Continue Reading

Australia: Nice Work If You Were Able To Get It

By John Richardson

BACK in the late 1990s, the blog held a discussion with an Australian petrochemicals industry executive. He described his country’s approach to free trade, or rather the lack of it, as “to put it politely, naïve, and …

Continue Reading

The Hedgehog And The Fox

By John Richardson

Are there more hedgehogs in the chemicals industry than foxes? This thought came to the blog after meetings with industry executives this week during its latest visit to Singapore.

Bear with us and we will, we promise, …

Continue Reading

Asia Ex-China: The Outlook For 2014 And Beyond

By John Richardson

IN a special series of blog posts over the next few weeks we will re-examine the outlook for the major Asian petrochemical producing countries, ex-China. The posts won’t necessarily appear every day, as important news events may …

Continue Reading

Asia, The Fed And Swimming Naked

 

By John Richardson

WHEN the tide eventually goes out, we will find out who has been swimming naked.

This will also be the case in several emerging markets, ex-China, when the Fed eventually draws down its stimulus.

Hot money …

Continue Reading
ThaiPP.jpg

Southeast Asia’s Export Dependency

Source: Petroleum Institute of Thailand

 

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of excitement about the self-sustaining nature of Southeast Asia’s (SEA) economy thanks to, for example, nine consecutive quarters of GDP growth of more than 6% in Indonesia …

Continue Reading

PE Middle East Offers Keep Falling

By John Richardson

POLYOLEFIN markets are not going to bottom out until August-September at the earliest, according to several producers and traders who the blog spoke to yesterday.

And even if prices do eventually stop declining, confidence has all but …

Continue Reading

Chems Trade Finance Threat

By John Richardson

NEW banking regulations could severely restrict the ability of small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies to access trade finance. This would hit Asia particularly hard, as the majority of chemicals and polymer business involves SMEs.

Under the Basel III …

Continue Reading

Japan Disaster: Immediate Petchem, Refining Impact

By John Richardson

THE earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday afternoon is still hard to take in. We send our sympathy to everyone connected with this disaster and just hope and pray that the rescue efforts go exceptionally …

Continue Reading
Lasvegas1950s.bmp

Chemicals And Polymer Prices Behave As We Predicted

By John Richardson

AS the blog had anticipated would happen, there were sharp retreats in some chemicals and polymers pricing late last week on the steep declines in equity and crude prices.

Polyethylene (PE) fell by $70-130/tonne, according to our colleagues …

Continue Reading