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Crude, Equities & Polyolefin Pricing

This is a huge subject, one that this blog will need to keep revisiting – and if you tell us we’ve got it wrong, we’ll always listen and respond.

For what it’s worth, the article below might give you some …

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Reliance moving fast on LyondellBasell bid

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries’ bid to acquire LyondellBasell is progressing quite rapidly. I am told that a team of top executives from the company is in the US holding discussions with LyondellBasell.

And according to this report in the …

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China’s Growth In 2010: Two Theories

More buying of junk in H1 next year that nobody really needs?




By John Richardson

TWO theories about growth in China next year revolve around either an appreciation or devaluation of the Yuan.

The appreciation theory …

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Thai Start-ups: What A Muddle


A real head scratcher……

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By John Richardson

Confused? Sorry, but so far we cannot be of much help bringing any precision to what the implications of Thailand’s Supreme Court ruling will mean for …

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China PE To Grow By 35% – Latest ’09 Forecast


Money to be made, or saved, again?…..

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After last week’s estimates, a big producer (who wishes to remain anonymous) has given us his forecasts for the strength of 2009 growth in demand for polyolefins in …

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Polyolefins And Football: An Historic Parallel?

Is history about to repeat itself?



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The last year for polyolefins has been a bit like the wonderful 1980s and early 1990s for genuine football fans – when the often-repeated phrase of Manchester Utd …

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Thai Start-up Delays On Court Ruling: The Details

The Thai Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a September injunction halting development of $12bn of petrochemical and power projects could affect the on-schedule start-up of capacities of a large amount of petrochemicals capacity.

Note the word could because, despite the …

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China PE Growth All-Time High


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By John Richardson

China’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) demand is expected to grow by 38% to around 7m tonnes forecasts CBI China, the Shanghai-based commodity information service.

Linear-low density (LLDPE) is expected to rise by …

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Reading The Minds of China’s Leadership


By John Richardson

A lot of the projects which have pushed the world into severe overcapacity were based on the assumption that China would remain in big deficits for many basic commodity chemicals and polymers.

It was thought that …

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China Polyolefin Demand Set To Rise By 30%

By John Richardson in Shanghai and Malini Hariharan

China is set to see polyolefins demand growth of 30% or more this year, depending on the which particular grade, according to preliminary estimates prepared by companies and market analysts.

Even if …

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