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PVC’s Unsustainable China Growth

By John Richardson

POLYMER markets continue to tell us that China’s 2009-2010 economic stimulus programme delivered unsustainable demand growth.

China’s demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) surged from 10.9m tonnes in 2009 to 13.2m tonnes in 2010, according to Global Trade …

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China Still Destocking

 

By John Richardson

A NEW report from HSBC supports our argument that China’s synthetic resin market has yet to bottom out.

Big structural changes in China’s economy are an additional factor, in our view, to the slowdown in China …

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The H2 Recovery Story

By John Richardson

THE majority of chemicals analysts have yet to wake up and smell the coffee, according to an industry observer.

“South Korean stocks have come off by 15-30% since their big recovery in January, but it is only …

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Global Polymers Demand Up 4.5% In 2011

By Malini Hariharan

Despite challenging market conditions in 2011, the global polymers industry managed to post demand growth of 4.5%, with the largest increase recorded by polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at 6.2% and linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) at 5.8%, estimates Fabrizio …

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India demand slides for PVC and PS

By Malini Hariharan

The last year has been rough for Indian polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene (PS) producers with demand for their products showing almost no growth.

PVC consumption is likely to increase by only 1-2% year on year in …

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Latin America focused on new investments

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been scanning ICIS news reports from the 31th Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) conference in Buenos Aires to gauge the mood at the event.

Participants appear to be sanguine despite the global economic turmoil …

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China’s Widespread Inventory Problem

By John Richardson

THE extent of the inventory overhang in China has become more apparent thanks to a research note from Kunal Agrawal – Singapore-based refining and chemicals analyst with BNP Paribas.

Kunal’s note – based on a survey of …

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Siam Cement set for next Indonesian buy

By Malini Hariharan

After picking up a 30% stake in Chandra Asri, the Siam Cement Group (SCG) is looking to seal its next Indonesian buy.

Two companies, SCG and Japan’s Itochu Corp, are reported to have advanced to the second …

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India Polymers Shine But Questions Persist

By Malini Hariharan

Optimism has returned to the Indian polymer market fuelled by a sharp recovery in prices and buying sentiment over the last few weeks across Asia.

The talk these days is mainly about tightness in availability of polyethylene …

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India polymers slide once again

By Malini Hariharan

The messenger’s prediction has turned out to be correct. Indian polymer producers have been forced to reduce domestic prices to match levels seen in the wider Asian market.

The week started with a downward revision to polypropylene …

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