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China Manufacturing Relocation Accelerates

Source of graph: Standard Chartered

 

By John Richardson

WORKING conditions matter as much as higher salaries for China’s emboldened manufacturing workforce, according to this article in the Financial Times.

“As the number of available workers falls, factories struggle not …

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China’s Labour Complications

Source: Wang Feng, director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing, from an article published in the China Economic Quarterly.

 

By John Richardson

ONE of the explanations for China’s disappointing petrochemicals demand growth during 2012 is that …

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PE Margins Lowest On Record

By John Richardson

ANOTHER week has gone by with no evidence of significantly stronger polyethylene (PE) volumes in China.

Rising labour costs, because of mandated government increases in minimum wages, and the shortages of labour post-Lunar New Year, are still …

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Europe Markets Lure Asian Polyolefins

By John Richardson

EXACTLY the same scenario is playing out in European polyolefin markets, as in Latin America and possibly the US, my ICIS colleague Linda Naylor reported last Friday.

High polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices in Europe have …

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Pricing To Struggle For The Rest of 2012

By John Richardson

Further confirmation of the themes we raised yesterday emerged from an interview with a senior polyolefin industry source, with some important new analysis.

Profitability in Asia is the worst of any of the three regions, he told …

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China Polyolefins – A Bad Case Of Indigestion

By John Richardson

IT IS always dangerous to assume that the future will be exactly the same as the past – a big lesson from the recent financial crisis.

But so seems to have been the assumption amongst China’s polyolefin …

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China Labour Shortage Threat To Chem Demand Grows

“Sorry, but there’s more to life – I really don’t want to do this anymore…”

Source of picture: China Daily

 

By John Richardson

The labour shortage crisis in southern China – which one trader had claimed would last exactly …

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