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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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China: “The Dog Ate My Homework” Won’t Do

By John Richardson

TWO Chinese plastic processing companies are in financial difficulties because they have used raw-material purchases for speculation, a polyolefins industry source told the blog.

“The companies are in trouble because they resold their inventories in order to …

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As China Stays The Course, Plan For Collateral Damage

By John Richardson

LAST week’s $5-15/tonne decline in polyethylene (PE) pricing in China (see the above chart) is partly the result of negative sentiment created by the start-up of new domestic capacities.

In July, Shaanxi Yanchang China Coal Yulin Energy …

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Asia Chemicals Face Another Disorderly Destocking Process

By John Richardson

ASIAN chemicals markets have gone through another sequence of inventory building that will once again be followed by a period of disorderly de-stocking, warns Paul Satchell, UK-based chemicals analyst with investment and investor services firm, Cannacord Genuity.…

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