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China MTO/MTP – one more project starts

By Malini Hariharan

Shenhua Ningxia has finally produced onspec propylene at its new 470,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant after starting trial operations last month.

This marks the successful start of China’s first MTP project, which is also the world’s largest. …

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Getting Education Right Is Crucial

The brightest and the best, but will there be enough of them?

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By John Richardson

EDUCATION, education and education are three of the biggest challenges facing developing countries over the next 10-20 years.

This …

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Indian PP Growth On The Right Track

Here’s the stereotype….

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By John Richardson

WE talked last week about how emerging markets continue to astound when it comes to demand, meaning that we might have to take a long and hard look at …

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India contributes to Asian growth story

By Malini Hariharan

Yes, the Indian economy is growing and propping up demand for all polymers.

The blog had highlighted a few weeks back that polypropylene (PP) demand expanded by 13% during the April-July period and the expectations are that …

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Abandon Fear And Plan For The New Utopia

Michael Corleone once told his fiancee, “The old way of doing things is over – even my father knows that. In ten years time, the Corleone family will be entirely legitimitate” and ten years later he was still killing lots …

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Japan More Competitive Than You Might Think

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By Malini Hariharan

it is easy to write off the Japanese petrochemicals industry which has for long struggled to find a solution to the dual pressure of rising global competition and …

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Distorting The Outlook For 2011

 

 

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By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

THE view from a particular geography, grade of polyolefin or end-use application might be distorting the outlook for 2011.

In China and India and other emerging markets demand …

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Wrong Assumptions Drive Shipping, C2 Investments

The goat has been got 

 

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By John Richardson

EARLIER this week we blogged on the 25 or so ethylene carriers that could be delivered into the shipping market by 2013 and the risk this poses …

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The perils of forecasting

By Malini Hariharan

This is a tough time for those who are in the business of forecasting. Predictions of petrochemical margins hitting the bottom in 2009 have so far not materialised and volumes from new plants are being digested quite …

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Don’t worry, be happy

By Malini Hariharan

The blog was able to talk to a Korean polyolefins producer who was not perturbed by the recent weakness in Chinese demand and was fairly confident of selling October volumes.

“It’s the holiday season so converters do …

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