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Butadiene Oversupply Threat

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of talk at the moment about on-purpose butadiene, via the butane dehydrogenation process, because of the recent extreme market tightness .

The tightness is the result of a shift to lighter cracker feedstocks …

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Crunch time for Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

August could well be the time for some tough decisions by Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers. Demand has languished for the last three months and although many are hoping for a recovery at the end …

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India growth story – Part 3

By Malini Hariharan

Some numbers today on Indian polyolefin and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) demand growth during April-December 2009.

The strong growth trend noticed in the early part of last year continued and belied earlier expectations of a slowdown because of …

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China takes care of 2010

By Malini Hariharan

After sorting out 2009 with a huge stimulus package the Chinese government is busy ensuring that there will be no slowdown next year.

A number of measures have been announced to sustain growth in the domestic market. …

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“Real” people start to suffer even more

I grew up in a small town called Bingley in West Yorkshire in the UK, where there are two major employers – the head offices of a building society (or what was once a building society, but became a failed …

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