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Polyethylene Is Just Another Commodity – It Is Nothing Special

By John Richardson

THERE is a story circulating out there that polyethylene (PE) is a “special commodity” in that it is not tied to the downturn in other commodities that we have seen over the last year.

Whilst most people …

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China PP Exports Jump 38% On Jobs Drive

 

Polyolefins markets in Asia are not behaving in the way that they used to behave. For value-added analysis of these changes, and for price and margin forecasts for the region, contact john.richardson@icis.com for details of how to subscribe to …

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China’s Environment: Business As Usual Not An Option

By John Richardson

SONG Wei, an environmentalist from Hunan province, told the BBC in July:  “No more economic growth stained by blood. Under the new environment law, every factory has to be approved before it’s built. We’re putting an end …

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China Pollution And The Tianjin Blast: Implications For Global Chemicals

By John Richardson

JUST about everyone now recognises, albeit very belatedly, that China isn’t going to grow in the future in the way that it did in the past because of the bad-debt issues left behind by the 2008-2013 credit …

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China Exceeds US 20th Century Cement Output In Just Two Years

By John Richardson

CHINA produced more cement in 2011 and 2012 than the US produced in the whole of the 20th century. Yes, that’s right, China produced more cement in just two years than the States produced in 100 years.…

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How China’s “Social Contract” Is Changing

 

By John Richardson

ON this particular day, it is worth thinking some more about how the social contract between China’s leaders and its people is evolving.

Much of the commentary focusing on 4 June 1989 has described how China’s …

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Dear Mr Abbott, What On Earth Have You Done?

By John Richardson

INNOVATION has to be the cornerstone of Australia’s economy from now on because of these two reasons:

1.)    The China-led resources boom is over  and so Australia can no longer just dig stuff out of the ground …

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China Reconsiders Petchems Targets

By John Richardson

CHINA has long set targets for petrochemicals self-sufficiency in each of its  five-year economic plans – and those targets have been pretty aggressive as the chart above, showing the recent rise in ethylene production, indicates. These have …

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Xi Jinping Further Underlines China’s “New Normal”

CHINA’S president Xi Jinping, in a landmark speech at the weekend, talked about the “New Normal” of lower economic growth and a different type of growth altogether.

He qualified this different type of growth as follows: “Through innovation and technological …

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China Autos: The Race To The Bottom

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S autos market is not behaving in the way that it did in 2008-2013, when, as the chart above further illustrates, demand growth was nothing short of staggering.

In Q1 of this year, sales growth moderated …

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