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Broad Commodities Sell-Off Threatens Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

IRON ore prices are now down by nearly 40% so far this year to a level not seen since September 2009.

As for crude oil, Brent has now dipped below $100 per barrel, for the first time …

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ExxonMobil, Energy Efficiency And Innovation

By John Richardson

SAVING money through energy efficiency, along with innovation, will be two of  the keys to success in the New Normal because  demand-growth patterns will be very different than during the Supercycle. The suspension, which guaranteed success for …

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Dow Chemical And Back To The Future

By John Richardson

HOW the world has changed. Dan Loeb of the Hedge fund, Third Point, wrote in a letter proposing a spin-off of Dow Chemical’s petrochemicals assets: “We suspect that Dow’s push downstream has led the company to use …

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Gas, Gas, And Perhaps Even More Gas

By John Richardson

THE global petrochemicals industry is stepping on the gas as it accelerates both capacity expansions and the restructuring of existing assets. Apologies for the pun.

In the US, of course, some 25m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity is …

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Global Growth Outlook: Sorting Out The Continuum

By John Richardson

WHAT do you do for a living? Are you a speculator in equity markets or do you make things for a living?

These, we think, are highly relevant questions as we head towards the New Year.

It …

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Oil Market Risks For 2014

By John Richardson

PAUL Satchell, the UK-based chemicals analyst with glob investment bank Cannacord Genuity wrote  in his December Volume Proxy* report, which was released earlier this month: “It has long been our opinion that real demand fundamentals in commodity …

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Chemicals Companies Risk Losing Market Muscle

By John Richardson

IT used to be so easy. All you had to do was build a feedstock-advantage plant outside China and/or build a plant in China and demand would take care of itself.

The reason was that China was …

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The Rebirth Of Naphtha Cracking

 

By John Richardson

Might cracking naphtha in Asia, Europe, and perhaps even the US, once again become so attractive that it starts to challenge the big advantage currently being enjoyed by cracking ethane?

Yes, perhaps. Opportunities could arise to …

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Global Petchem Markets Turn Bearish

By John Richardson

EXCESSIVE inventory building down all the major petrochemical value chains is a global rather than just a Chinese problem, according to Paul Satchell – the UK-based chemicals analyst with global investment bank  Canaccord Genuity in his latest …

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It Is Not A Question Of If, But Rather When

By John Richardson

IT is not a question if, but rather when Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang decide that enough is enough and get on with tackling China’s growing financial imbalances. That is if they don’t want the whole house …

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