Tag Archives | petrochemicals

Cosy Platitudes Are Not Enough

By John Richardson

DO you trust your government to always get it right?

The answer in the case of the West is “of course not”, but in China’s case the publicly-expressed assumption still holds that the economy is being effectively …

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Clinging On To Vain Hopes

By John Richardson

ANYONE clinging on to the hope that the weakness in the global polyolefin market is merely down to China going through a prolonged period of destocking could face a rude awakening.

China’s polyethylene (PE) demand was down …

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Chemicals “Spin” Will Continue

By John Richardson

THE reluctance of sell-side chemicals analysts to downgrade their forecasts should be severely tested by the Federal Reserve’s decision to downgrade its outlook for the US economy.

US GDP growth will now be only 2.7-2.9% in 2011 …

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A subdued end to a good year

By Malini Hariharan

Petrochemical markets, with a few exceptions, will be closing the year on a quiet note.

In polyolefins, buying activity in China has slowed down and sentiment remains weak weighed down by the Chinese government’s decision to hike …

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China Polyolefins Divorced From Fundamentals

A permanent separation?

Source of picture: edu.com

 

By John Richardson

IT IS pretty easy to predict specific events that will cause declines in polyolefins pricing in China next year thanks to the big role that macro-economics now plays in …

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Supercycle Claims Dismissed

By John Richardson

THE Morgan Stanley Supercycle report, which we first blogged on last Friday, has created a big stir among the blog’s contacts.

 Click herefor a copy of the report RI_PETROCHEM_BLUEPAPER2010.pdf   

As we said in this ICIS news article on …

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US Polyethylene Competitiveness To Surge in 2012

George Mitchell of Devon Energy – The “Father of Shale Gas”

By John Richardson

US polyethylene (PE) input costs will be 50% less than those in Europe and Asia beyond 2012, says a new report by Morgan Stanley.

The extraordinary …

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The perils of forecasting

By Malini Hariharan

This is a tough time for those who are in the business of forecasting. Predictions of petrochemical margins hitting the bottom in 2009 have so far not materialised and volumes from new plants are being digested quite …

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Saudi Private Petchem Cos To Consolidate

A-Jubail in Saudi Arabia

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By John Richardson

SOME of the privately-owned Saudi Arabian petrochemical producers could well be forced to consolidate as a result of lack of feedstock for expansions, an industry source told the …

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Picking The Winners And Losers

 

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By John Richardson

ICIS has just published its Top 100 listing for 2009, which, not surprisingly, reveals the nothing-short-of devastating impact of the global economic crisis on chemical company financial performances.

“Unprecedented operating and …

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