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“Middle East To Control Basic Chems In 3-5 Years”

Abu Dhabi ahead in the race?

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By John Richardson

The global basic chemicals industry is likely to end up under the dominant control of the Middle East, and possibly Asia, within the next 3-5 years, a …

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Naphtha Highest Level For More Than A Year

 Shelf-space to be in short supply again?

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ASIAN naphtha prices hit their highest level for more than a year yesterday – reaching $701/tonne CFR Japan for second-half December open-spec material on “improved market conditions”.

Earlier this …

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What the flipping heck is going on?….

…….and no trite Public Relations-speak answers, please!!!

 

This is not me, by the way, (my computer is an older model) but the expression about sums it up

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No matter where you seem to turn these days, whether it’s …

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China Sept chemical import-surge data

More of the cheap stuff?

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Some of the China import data for September is now available – showing record-high imports of monoethylene glycol (MEG), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), polyacetal, polycarbonate (PC).

“I have given up …

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China’s chemical imports up – again!

By John Richardson

We don’t have the actual data yet (hopefully, we’ll be able to give you the numbers later this week), but……

……China’s commodity chemicals and polymer imports “continued to amaze” in September with monoethylene glycol (MEG) shipments hitting …

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Western Polymers: Get Out Or Get Cleverer?

MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION (SORRY, OUCH….!)

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The automobile industry in the West has been bought more time by economic stimulus, as this article in The Economist points out.

But some of the discussions at the …

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Benzene heads south – as predicted

Back from less-than-sunny Perth to discover that the prediction from my good friend and colleague Paul Hodges at International eChem has come true: Benzene has headed south because of:

1.) The rise in its pricing seems to have been out-of-kilter …

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The insidious rise of the Internet….

“Bob, I think I we should give this up as I can’t get a wireless connection and I couldn’t be bothered to talk to anyone.”
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……and the effect on the quality of data and analysis …

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How to make money in a downturn Part 1

Herein begins an occasional series where I offer advice on how to make a little cash.

By the way, is it me or do I get the sense that a lot companies haven’t woken up to the severity of the …

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If I had a dollar for every time………

…….I had heard a company saying it was moving up the value chain (or rather a Euro or a British pound these days), I wouldn’t be writing this blog entry while smelling the wonderful aroma of pork sausages being cooked …

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