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Peak Oil Demand Opportunities For Petchems Are Being Over-Hyped

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of excitement about new petrochemicals feedstock opportunities resulting from the approaching end of the road for the internal combustion engine, the rise of the electricity battery car and the related arrival of Peak …

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China To Raise Ethylene Capacity By 71% In Major Self-Sufficiency Drive

By John Richardson

CHINA could raise its ethylene capacity by as much as 71% and its propylene capacity by at least 21%, according to my latest analysis of a major new wave of naphtha, ethane and LPG crackers. The above …

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China, China And China: The Three Drivers Of Global Styrene

By John Richardson

THE DATA on global polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) undermine the notion of booming emerging markets demand. In reality, it is only Chinese demand that has boomed and not the emerging markets as a whole. And when …

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Hurricane Harvey Economic Risks Increase As Cost Estimates Soar

By John Richardson

AGAIN, it’s the human cost that of course matters the most – and let’s hope it doesn’t keep on climbing. As of earlier today, the number of lives lost as a result of Hurricane Harvey had risen …

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Life Cycle Of Plastics Packaging Demand And Internet Sales

By John Richardson

THERE is a huge amount of excitement out there right now about booming internet sales and how this also boosting packaging demand and so sales of polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene and polystyrene.

China is, not …

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China: When Fake GDP Numbers Didn’t Really Matter

 

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WE all like to be proved right, of course, as it gives us that warm feeling of satisfaction inside – …

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China: When Sentiment Tells Us Something Important

By John Richardson

THE blog once asked a seasoned petrochemicals industry consultant what the price of polypropylene (PP) was.

“It depends on whether the Hong Kong traders are in a good or a bad mood this morning,” was his reply.…

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China Consumer Confidence “The Worst In 17 Years”

By John Richardson

LAST year, the blog was told that business at some high-end restaurants in Beijing had fallen by as much as 90% because of the government’s crackdown on corruption.

And China’s top military officials are scared to even …

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China’s “Irrelevant” Target

By John Richardson

WHEN is a target for GDP growth almost irrelevant? Perhaps this year in China, when if history is any guide, even if China genuinely hits its 7.5% growth target, chemicals demand growth could considerably undershoot this number.…

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The Future For China Auto Sales

By John Richardson

The distance from end-use markets didn’t matter for chemicals and polymers producers during the 2008-2013 credit surge in China because, as we said yesterday, demand was so good that few people were willing to ask too many …

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