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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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The Hedgehog And The Fox

By John Richardson

Are there more hedgehogs in the chemicals industry than foxes? This thought came to the blog after meetings with industry executives this week during its latest visit to Singapore.

Bear with us and we will, we promise, …

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Zero And Declining Growth For China Imports

By John Richardson

CHIINA’S ethylene equivalent imports will see zero growth over the next 5-7 years and the country’s propylene equivalent import requirement will decline over the same period, says a source with a major oil, gas and petrochemicals producer.…

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It Is Just Too Difficult

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By John Richardson

THERE is a growing concern amongst some polyolefin industry executives that, despite the economic problems first in China and now India, there is still a great deal of enthusiasm for adding new capacity, as …

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Indonesia’s Challenges

By John Richardson

INDONESIA was the subject of much enthusiasm when the blog hosted a webinar  on Monday on China Polyolefins Markets. We will provide a link to a recorded version of the event shortly.

The reason for the enthusiasm …

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Africa’s Potential

By John Richardson

AFRICA was described as “one  of the last frontiers for the chemicals industry” by a delegate during last week’s 2nd World ICIS Polyolefins Conference in Berlin.

The opportunity is certainly there with a population of around one …

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China’s SMEs Continue To Struggle

By John Richardson

ONE of the reasons why China’s polyethylene (PE) demand growth has been below the increase in overall GDP for most of the years since 2006 has been the relatively weak performance of the country’s small and medium-sized …

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We Told You So

By John Richardson

POLYETHYLENE (PE) prices in China fell by $5-10/tonne for the week ending 1 March, according to ICIS pricing.

“It is increasingly clear that Chinese growth will slow from the second quarter onwards and this will limit potential …

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Damage Limitation

By John Richardson

POLYETHYLENE (PE) prices crept up by $10-50/tonne for the week ending 22 February, according to ICIS pricing.

But, as the above chart shows, integrated high-density PE variable cost margins in Southeast and Northeast Asia remained very weak, …

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Filtering Out The Noise

By John Richardson

ONE should be careful about reading too much into the above margins for February as, of course, there was very little trading activity because of Chinese New Year (CNY), whilst oil and therefore naphtha prices increased.

But …

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