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Reliance On Any China Polymer Deficit Will Not Work

 

By John Richardson

THE “last big man standing’, as polyethylene (PE) was described to me during my visit to Shanghai last week, is widely expected to remain in major deficit in China for the next decade at least.

As …

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The Risks Ahead For Polyethylene

By John Richardson

TOO many people will look at the chart on the left and think, “Crisis? What crisis?” But glance to the right for what it is like in another petrochemicals value chain. What is happening on the right …

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Changing Demand Is Demanding Better Answers

By John Richardson

I HAVE spent the last two weeks travelling in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia and during that time, I didn’t meet one senior petrochemicals industry executive who talked in detail about demand. Instead, the …

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ExxonMobil Highlights US Growth Challenge

By John Richardson

WHEN somebody very senior in the petrochemicals industry makes a bold statement – one that pulls no punches – it is worth taking note.

And so it is worth reading in full what Stephen Pryor, ExxonMobil Chemical …

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The Minority Isn’t Always Wrong

By John Richardson

“I REALLY worry about the ability to export extra capacity from the US as I think global markets will become much more regional,” said a source with a poylolefins producer .

“The US is also pretty much …

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Irrationality And Staying Solvency

By John Richardson

JOHN Maynard Keynes, the famous economist and speculator ,  once said “the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”

In other words, if you are a trader you can sit around for ages waiting …

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Adjusting Inventories To Lower China Growth

By John Richardson

EXCESSIVE inventory building across a range of commodities in China, including  petrochemicals, continues to worry the blog.

One reason, as we discussed yesterday, might be that traders are in the midst of a liquidity squeeze as a …

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Global Deflation

By John Richardson

TEN trillion dollars doesn’t buy what it used to do, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The reason is that despite central banks across the world aggressively expanding their balance sheets, there is no inflation.

“My customers …

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India’s plastic problems

By Malini Hariharan

A surprise court order in India earlier this month has put pressure on plastic packaging and has raised the risk of restrictions on its use in a very popular segment – cheap sachets or pouches that are …

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Changing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A turnaround in petrochemical fortunes in the US, as a result of falling gas prices, means that Dow Chemical is willing to wait to get the best value for its basic chemicals business.

At an earnings call …

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