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European Polyolefins: Rebuilding The Bridges

 

By John Richardson

SHOULD any petrochemicals value chain be a zero-sum game – a constant battle between suppliers and customers to determine who emerges as the single winner in any one month or quarter?

No, absolutely not. It is …

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Managing Relationships And Demand In China

By John Richardson

SOME of China’s plastic converters started out life with loans of just a few thousands yuan from private small lenders, or even friends and family. But now these same converters operate nationwide networks of factories and are …

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Reliance On Any China Polymer Deficit Will Not Work

 

By John Richardson

THE “last big man standing’, as polyethylene (PE) was described to me during my visit to Shanghai last week, is widely expected to remain in major deficit in China for the next decade at least.

As …

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China’s Internet Sales Explosion And Demand For Plastics

By John Richardson

JUST as hundreds of millions of people in the developing world went straight to mobile phones, bypassing landlines, so looks set to be the case for Internet sales in China’s second and third tier cities. This is …

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China: Defining The Real, Future Profit Motive

By John Richardson

IF you picked up the phone and talked to the right people, or sat down with them face to face, it was possible to in the past come away with the impression that creating and maintaining jobs …

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US Ethane Shipments And The Broader Picture

By John Richardson

THE first shipment of ethane from the US to Europe, which is set to arrive on Wednesday to feed the INEOS cracker at Rafnes in Norway, will be widely interpreted as meaningonly one thing: That nothing in …

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How To Grow Sales In A Deflationary World

By John Richardson

CHINA hugely increased its propylene and derivatives capacity to the point where by 2011, it became the first region or country where downstream propylene consumption surpassed that of ethylene.

This didn’t mean booming actual demand for propylene …

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China: Wrong Questions Will Give You The Wrong Answers

By John Richardson

IF you start with the wrong questions about China, you are obviously going to end up with the wrong answers.

In the case of China’s polyolefins industry, too many people are still asking themselves this wrong question: …

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Global Autos Sales: Preparing For A 40% Decline

By John Richardson

ARE you preparing for a 40% collapse in global auto sales by 2040? Are you instead, both privately and publicly, burying your head in the sand because 2040 seems too far away to even begin to think …

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Investors Mislead US On Oil Versus Natural Gas

By John Richardson

DID you raise the right concerns during board meetings before the end of great oil-price bull run? If you didn’t, this is not intended as a criticism because it would quite likely have been career suicide to …

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