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European Political Suicide Seems Unlikely

By John Richardson

For once, we are not going to talking about demand but will instead focus only on supply.

“In all scenarios, the US captures market share away from Europe,” the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) chief economist, Kevin Swift, …

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China’s About Turn: The Seven Global Implications

By John Richardson

HISTORIANS will end up concluding that falling emerging market currencies and stock markets – the prelude to what could be a full-blown crisis –  is really about China and not about the US Federal Reserve. The Fed …

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Running Away From Complexity

 

By John Richardson

TWO-and-half years ago, the blog was told of a struggling Shanghai shoe-repair shop owner who had mortgaged himself up to the hilt in order to buy three apartments.

“He has taken the risk because he assumes …

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Asia Faces More Asset Bubbles

Marc Faber

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By John Richardson

RECENT action by Western central banks will result in more hot money flowing into Asia, creating further asset-price bubbles.

Last week, the Fed launched QE3 and the previous week, the European …

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Saudi Worries About China Netbacks

 

 

By John RichardsonHere is the first of a three blog posts on what is happening in China’s polyolefins markets.

Today, we look at the Middle East and tomorrow and Thursday we present the perspective of traders and Western-headquartered …

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Polyolefins And China Real Estate

 

By John Richardson

SOME polyolefin companies continue to present an optimistic picture of markets to investors.

They point to positive factors such as renewed economic stimulus in China and a recovery in auto production in Thailand following last year’s …

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PX Goes Green

By Malini Hariharan

Work on commercialising a green route to paraxylene (PX) purified terphthalic acid (PTA) and other aromatics is speeding up.

US companies are at the forefront of recent developments. Virent is looking to produce a sugar-based ­aromatics stream …

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It’s All About Shale Gas

By Malini Hariharan

As expected, excitement around shale gas is running strong at the CERAWeek conference in Houston. But an element of caution is also visible with the majors appearing to be in no rush to finalise their investments.

Shell …

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India Chems Look For Govt Support

By Malini Hariharan

The Indian government is being asked to give a fresh boost to the chemicals industry in the 12th Five Year Plan beginning from 1 April.

A working group for the chemicals industry has detailed key measures that …

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Formosa Confirms US Cracker Plans

By Malini Hariharan

One more US cracker and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) project has been confirmed. After months of speculation Formosa Plastics has announced that plans to build a 800,000 tonnes/year ethane cracker, a 600,000 tonnes/year PDH plant and a 300,000 …

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