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Gaping Chasm Between Effective, Real Op Rates

By John Richardson

A gaping chasm has opened up over the past 18 months between nameplate capacities and effective operating rates, resulting in much greater focus on the latter.

It isn’t easy and it is getting ever-more complicated to assess …

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December Polyolefin Price Rises Flounder

“I am so happy to be supporting polyethylene film pricing”….

Source of picture: Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange

 

By John Richardson

IT looks as if attempts by polyolefin producers to raise prices for December deliveries have, as we …

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The Threat From a Resurgent China Vinyls Industry

The price of coal…..

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By John Richardson

A big shake-up in China’s chlor-alkali to carbide-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry is underway which could have major implications for the global industry, we have been told by …

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The Strange Story of China Rate Cuts & Emissions

By John Richardson

A rumour emerged a few weeks ago that Sinopec would be required by the government to cut its operating rates in order to either or both help China achieve its 11th Five-Year Plan emissions targets and/or increase …

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Polyethylene And The Stories People Tell

 

…..quite possibly, yes, but it matters not what you say, only how you tell it

 

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By John Richardson

THIS poor mug might well have been the victim of rumours designed to move …

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Distorting The Outlook For 2011

 

 

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By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

THE view from a particular geography, grade of polyolefin or end-use application might be distorting the outlook for 2011.

In China and India and other emerging markets demand …

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Polyethylene Price Recovery Built On House Of Cards

 

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By John Richardson

It always seemed as if the Asian polyethylene (PE) price rebound was built on a house of cards.

The Chinese economy is slowing down, the country’s domestic production has greatly increased …

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China PE, PP Production Up By 30%

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production surged in January-June this year as imports remained strong and demand growth declined, according to the Shanghai-based commodity information service, CBI.

Hopes being expressed that pricing might …

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Iranian PE Seen As Threat To China Price Recovery

By John Richardson

IRANIAN polyethylene (PE) exports to China could help to cap or even prevent a recovery in pricing during the second half of this year.

Although in volume terms, Iranian material only accounts for a small percentage of …

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Mood Becomes Gloomy On Macro Dangers

Dear Readers – here is, hopefully, a hand summary of some of the key themes that have emerged over the past two weeks with some important additional data on imports and inventory levels in China – plus a rather unscientific …

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