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China’s Polypropylene Imports: The Balance Of Probabilities

CHINA’S polypropylene (PP) imports increased by 11.3% in January-April of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to the latest available China customs data.

There could be lots of reasons for this. One reason might be that …

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China’s “Whack-A-Mole” Game Continues

By John Richardson

THE blog loves playing the the “whack-a-mole game” in our local arcade. How it works is that every time a plastic mole pops up, you have to try and whack it back down with a hammer in …

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China Consumer Confidence “The Worst In 17 Years”

By John Richardson

LAST year, the blog was told that business at some high-end restaurants in Beijing had fallen by as much as 90% because of the government’s crackdown on corruption.

And China’s top military officials are scared to even …

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China’s Evolving Autos Market: What It Means For PP

By John Richardson

THE tide of credit that lifted all boats in China meant that chemicals company CEOs could get away with clichés such as “the rise of the middle classes” and “increasing urbanisation” and later point to strong sales …

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China Faces Lower Growth In Q2

By John  Richardson

WE conducted another of our highly unscientific surveys amongst polyethylene (PE) producers and traders last week and the message remained the same: Persistently weaker-than-expected downstream demand in China.

“Many downstream plastics processors have seen persistently weak orders …

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China’s New Stimulus Package: What It Means For Chemicals

By John Richardson

CHINA’S petrochemicals markets are likely to enjoy a confidence rally as a result of yesterday’s announcement of a mini economic stimulus package.

The details of the stimulus package include:

More railway construction.  The State Council released plans…

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China And Re-examining Your Customers

In the first part of a two-part series on how chemicals companies need to respond to China’s economic reforms, we look at the “account receivables” challenge. Tomorrow we will look at new growth opportunities.

 

By John Richardson

AS China’s …

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Take Away The China “Froth” And What’s Left?

By John Richardson

THE denial that we discussed last week is still very much in evidence. For example, we heard the argument over the last few days that China’s economic slowdown would involve only “a couple of bad quarters” and …

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Nothing “Disappointing” About China Data

By John Richardson

CHINA’S credit growth in 2014 would have to be higher than that of last year if GDP growth is going to hit 7.5%.

But in February, as Reuters wrote in this article: “China’s total social financing, a …

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ICIS Launches Asia PP Price Forecasting

By John Richardson

PERHAPS nobody should have been that surprised that China’s polypropylene (PP) market was weak in February and the first half of March.

Here is why:

· China saw its highest-ever monthly level of PP homo-polymer imports in …

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