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China: Do You Really Know Where Your Product Ends Up?

By John Richardson

AS a senior Chinese official announces that investigations into metals trading fraud have been extended from 13 to 24 provinces, and that $10bn worth of fraud could be involved, it stands to reason that these complex webs …

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Global Petchems Industry Must Prepare For More Difficult 2015

THE direction of Asian polyethylene markets, once again, serves as a good guide for the overall global petrochemicals industry.

Producers in every region and in every sector of our industry should, therefore, take note of what follows. They must prepare …

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China’s Lending Up Just 5% As Govt Refuses To Blink

By John Richardson

CHINA’S official bank lending was up just 5% in January-August of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to some more value-added data crunching by our fellow blogger, Paul Hodges.

It is  absolutely critical …

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Another Hammer Blow For China Polyethylene

By John Richardson

CHINA is bringing down the hammer time and time again as it continues to play the whack-a-mole game.

The latest blow to one or several of the unlucky moles involves the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) decision …

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Iron Ore and Petrochemicals Share The Same Delusions

By John Richardson

BACK in January we wrote:  “As China’s investment growth model is unwound – for economic as well as social reasons –  iron ore prices [will] decline significantly, leading to the failure of the smaller mining companies and …

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China Transformation Webinar Tomorrow

By John Richardson

EVERYWHERE you look is the same,  according to the Asia ICIS pricing reports for the week ending 5 September. For example:…

Purified terephthalic acid operating rates were just 52-53% at the end of last week, down from

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China Deals With Demographics In The Right Way

CHINA’S approach to its challenging demographics are in complete contrast to the Russian approach, which we outlined yesterday.

In the case of China, its strategy involves:…

Providing manufacturers with strong incentives to relocate from high labour cost coastal provinces to

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China Exceeds US 20th Century Cement Output In Just Two Years

By John Richardson

CHINA produced more cement in 2011 and 2012 than the US produced in the whole of the 20th century. Yes, that’s right, China produced more cement in just two years than the States produced in 100 years.…

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China Polyethylene: Fitting 11% Into 6%

By John Richardson

ELEVEN per cent apparent demand growth in polyethylene (PE) in China will not go into estimates of real demand growth at no more than 6%.

This is our concern based on the latest set of data on …

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Finding A Home For US Polyethylene Expansions

By John Richardson

EVEN if you take a benign view of the future of the US economy (which, separately, we think is the wrong view), the planned increases in US polyethylene (PE) capacity still raise this very important question: Where …

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