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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Asian Polyolefin Trade Slows on Free-Trade Muddle

By John Richardson

Polyolefin shipments have been held up in ports by lack of awareness among customs officers at some ports in Southeast Asia over how to implement new free-trade deals, an industry source told us.

It seems highly likely …

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Philippines cracker – revival of an epic saga

By Malini Hariharan

Some projects never die.

JG Summit has been planning a cracker since 1995 but has always had problems in securing funding. The project was revived in 2005 even as questions were raised about its viability.

It would …

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Concerned about the Asean FTA? There’s not much you can do about it.

The implementation of a zero-tariff regime in Asean from 1 Jauary 2010 has raised concerns among polymer producers in Indonesia and the Philippines about intense competition from Singapore and Thailand leading to a erosion in market shares.

Producers from these …

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China Export Gains Raise Sustainability Fears


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CHINA is making export gains at the expense of other higher-cost competitors that might not be sustainable because of reasons including rising trade protectionism and economic rebalancing.

Chemical companies need to factor in …

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The Philippines: Left With the Crumbs

“Here’s your entire allocation for this month”

Source of Picture: Adammakwright.wordpress

In the words of a plastics converter from the Philippines: “Markets are so tight at the moment that we are left to pick up the crumbs. Suppliers are concentrating …

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