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US Trade Agenda Threatens 49% Of US Polyethylene Exports

By John Richardson

WHICH President Trump will end up setting the final direction of policy? Will it be the President Trump who spoke off-script at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, this week or the President who a day later …

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Global Chemicals Operating Rates Lowest Since 1987

By John Richardson

SOMETIMES one single chart is worth many thousands of words, which is the case with the chart. Hence today’s brief post as the chart tells you a great deal of what you need to know:

Based on…

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Polyethylene: Seeing The Wood Along With The Trees

By John Richardson

THE Asian polyethylene (PE) business might be tempted to continue to think, “Crisis? What crisis?” (bear with me. When we have dived down into the details, the above chart will make sense to you).

Integrated naphtha-based high-density …

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New Silk Road Part 2: How China Will Win

Here is the second part of my thinking on what China’s New Silk Road means for the global chemicals industry. Part One appeared last Thursday.

 

By John Richardson

PER capital GDP in Yunnan province in China’s southwest was just …

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BBC: “How China Fooled The World”

By John Richardson

FOR the last three years, the blog has been asking people to challenge the consensus view of China.

We have often been accused of being pessimistic for the sake of pessimism. This misses the point. Our point …

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3D Printing Likely To Change Just About Everything

By John Richardson

3D printing will very probably force manufacturers, including those who make chemicals and polymers, to build entirely new business models.

Here is why:

The young in Western societies will be poorer because of less aggregate demand as…

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China GDP Slowdown No Surprise

By John Richardson

ALL but two analysts out of a Bloomberg survey of 41 over-estimated China’s first-quarter GDP growth.

Monday’s announcement of the 7.7% increase – pushing China in to the longest streak of expansion below 8% for 20 years …

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Innovation: No More Time Left To Lose

 

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By John Richardson

MY colleague Nigel Davis has written an excellent Insight article which highlights how some chemicals companies are seeking to respond to changing patterns.

As we have discussed before, Bayer Material Science …

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China Govt Confirms Post-CNY Labour Shortages

The great news behind rising labour costs: Shan Dalin, pictured with his family, is a crane operator from Southwest China’s Guizhou province who has worked in eastern Zhejiang province for 10 years. In 2012, Shan’s monthly income rose to 2,800 …

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Average Babyboomer Turns 55

Today is a day for celebration, as it marks the day that the average Western BabyBoomer, born in 1958, will join the New Old 55+ generation! This is a truly remarkable moment. Even 100 years ago, as the chart above …

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