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China Chemicals Review And Outlook

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Dear Reader

Please click here – ChinaChems2009AndOutlook.doc for my review of what happened in China last year and Q1 2010 and for some pointers for the rest of this year.

All the bestJohn Richardson…

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Speed Of China’s Growth Triggers New Official Warning

By John Richardson

The chairman of China Construction Bank has spoken about the dangers created by China’s GDP (gross domestic product) expanding by more than 9.5% in 2010, which, according to many analysts, seems highly likely: GDP is estimated to …

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China Polyolefins – A Bad Case Of Indigestion

By John Richardson

IT IS always dangerous to assume that the future will be exactly the same as the past – a big lesson from the recent financial crisis.

But so seems to have been the assumption amongst China’s polyolefin …

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A view from the West

By Malini Hariharan

The Asian olefin and polyolefin markets have softened in recent weeks but the US market remains on a different track, as seen in these reports filed by my colleagues on ICIS news.

Ethylene prices are still firm …

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Aramco Confirms Ras Tanura Location Review

Here’s a post from a guest blogger, my good colleague Prema Viswanathan – Deputy Managing Editor of ICIS pricing in Asia.

Ras Tanura and Al-Jubail

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By Prema Viswanathan

A Saudi Aramco official has confirmed a …

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Dealing With The Middle East Logistics Challenge

Singapore’s container port

 

 

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By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

A big challenge facing many companies that have built large polymer plants that are located far from key markets is how to move product most efficiently.…

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Bright Future Predicted for Saudi Private Cos

           Riyadh

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By John Richardson

PRIVATE Saudi Arabian petrochemical companies need not fret about the ethane-gas shortage that two sources had last week told us would hold up their development, according a third industry source we …

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Polymer trading – a great investment opportunity?

By Malini Hariharan

I recently met a businessman at a dinner party. After exchanging the usual greetings he eagerly disclosed his plans for a new business venture – trading in polymers.

“There will be three of us in this business; …

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Europe Faces More Middle East Pressure

A high chance of more showers

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By John Richardson

A closer look at last year’s polyolefin trade flows illustrates just how vulnerable European producers will be over the next few years to rising pressure from …

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No More Gas For Saudi Private Cos – Industry Source

Ras Tanura in Saudi – private companies bunkered by feedstock shortage?

By John Richardson

The gas feedstock shortages in Saudi Arabia – which we have commented on before – are such that no private company will receive any allocations in …

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