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Deflation, Customer Cost Cutting And Polyolefins

By John Richardson

MOST of the world’s top ten chemicals producers reported lower sales for Q3 2015, but saw their profits improve on lower oil prices.

Sticking to the sector which I follow closely, which is polyolefins, this is down …

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How China Will Narrow Its Income Gap

By John Richardson

THE above chart is part of China’s New Normal, and so helps us to understand the future of the country’s chemicals and polymers supply and demand balances.

As you can see, the gap between its richest and …

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China’s Polyolefins Recovery On Shaky Ground

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyolefins markets were in a muddle last week as a result of resilient offer prices for imported material versus a fall in pricing for domestic cargoes.

Domestic polyethylene (PE) prices were largely softer, but local distributors …

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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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