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China: How Conventional Wisdom Becomes Conventional Wisdom

By John Richardson

HOW does  conventional wisdom – i.e. the opinion of the majority – become conventional wisdom?

This is a subject that the blog pondered over the last few days as it wandered around Euro Disney. Unfortunately, Mickey, Donald …

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China Polyethylene Demand Up By 25%

By John Richardson

WHEN something appears to be good to be true, it usually is.

Back in 2009, China’s demand for polyethylene (PE) increased by more than 20% – way above the increase in GDP – because of just about …

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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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Why China’s Polyethylene Imports Have Surged

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports jumped by 26% in the first quarter of this year over the same period in 2013, according to data from Global Trade Information Services (see the above chart).

This isn’t the result …

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The “Why” Behind Sinopec’s Investment Freeze

By John Richardson

SINOPEC has announced that it will halt some of its new petrochemicals investments. This could involve the postponement of up to three cracker projects with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.8m tonnes/year, according to this excellent story …

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China Turns A Corner On Shale Gas

By John Richardson

CHINA has more shale gas reserves than the US, and, like the US six years ago, confronts a dangerous reliance on imported energy.

But the development of the shale industry in China is being hampered by water …

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China Jobs Versus The Cost Curve

By John Richardson

ACHIEVING approval for any new petrochemicals projects in China is going to be a lot harder in the future, is a a growing view across the chemicals industry.

A senior executive with a US-based polyolefins producer, for …

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China: One “Blink” And We Are Back To Normal

By John Richardson

Temporary factors might be behind the weakness in China’s polyethylene (PE) market that has been highlighted by our colleagues at ICIS pricing. Last week, pricing in China was either flat or declined on bearish sentiment (see the …

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China “Base Case” Indicates Another Good Year

By John Richardson

LAST year was a tremendous year for polyethylene (PE) exporters to China, according to data provided by US-based International Trader Publications, the US-based trade data and analytics service.

They conclude that China’s imports of high-density polyethylene (HPDE) …

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Researching China Credit And Growth

By John Richardson

A lot of the focus in polyethylene (PE) markets at the moment is on supply and on what impact this might have on the key China market during 2014.

Crunching this data will always remain a crucial …

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