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Following In The Footsteps Of China Is Impossible

By John Richardson

THE chart above shows how China’s consumption of polypropylene (PP) rose from 4.6 million tonnes in 2000 to 19 million tonnes in 2014.

It also illustrates how, in the process, China’s percentage share of global PP consumption …

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China Jobs Squeeze: Why It Is Happening And What It Means

Jobs, jobs and jobs are the three main priorities for politicians everywhere. In the first of my series of country and region-specific posts on this subject, I look at what this means for China.

 

By John Richardson

SOME of …

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Africa: How To Seize Another Opportunity

By John Richardson

WHEN you’ve finished renegotiating with your lenders, your shareholders and your bondholders about what the collapse of oil prices means for your chemicals company, you will, hopefully, have a strategy to come through this crisis more or …

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Creating Sustainable Chemicals Growth In 2015

By John Richardson

AS just about everyone, including me, obsesses about the more than 40% collapse in oil prices and what it means for the chemicals industry, here is another statistic for you: 58,000 newborns die in India every year …

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Getting Started On Rebuilding Your Company Strategy

By John Richardson

THE New Normal is a journey of discovery, as my colleague Paul Hodges pointed out in his blog post yesterday.

As this latest global economic crisis develops, it is vital that we start the journey otherwise many …

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US Petrochemicals: The Way Forward

By John Richardson

ANYBODY out there prepared to make a guess? How long are these fantastic earnings for US petrochemicals companies in the key polyolefins space going to last? Six months, 12 months, 18 months or perhaps even longer?

The …

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Want Oil Prices Back At Above $1OO? Be Careful What You Wish For

By John Richardson

WE worry that quite a few people still don’t get it on crude oil.

Here is why:…

As recently as July, as the chart above from the latest BP Energy Review shows, oil prices were from 2009

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China: A Deliberate “Snowball Effect”

By John Richardson

EARLIER this week we answered this question – “How bad will it get in China before it gets good?” – in this blog post and a follow-up post that looked at some the immense, long-term uncertainties.

Now …

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China Coal-To-Olefins “A Net Water Producer”

By John Richardson

IT has become the accepted wisdom over the last few years that the coal-to-olefins (CTO) process in China consumes a lot of water.

This theory has been expressed in so many conference papers and in research papers …

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China Will Not Shut Down. It Will Instead Run Harder.

By John Richardson

EVERY $10 decline in the iron ore price knocks more than $2bn off the annual revenues of Vale,  Rio Tinto and BHP Billion and around $250m from those of Anglo American.

We can see a similar dynamic …

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