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Peak Oil And The Aramco/SABIC Petchems Project

By John Richardson

THERE is an important connection between this week’s announcement by Saudi Aramco and SABIC of an MoU for a direct oil-to-chemicals complex and the Tesla Semi electric truck, which is being trialled by DHL and other logistics …

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China, China And China: The Three Drivers Of Global Styrene

By John Richardson

THE DATA on global polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) undermine the notion of booming emerging markets demand. In reality, it is only Chinese demand that has boomed and not the emerging markets as a whole. And when …

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Life Cycle Of Plastics Packaging Demand And Internet Sales

By John Richardson

THERE is a huge amount of excitement out there right now about booming internet sales and how this also boosting packaging demand and so sales of polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene and polystyrene.

China is, not …

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Europe’s Rubbish Solution


By John Richardson

SHALE gas may never be a significant energy solution for Europe because the political challenges are just too great, as this article in the Financial Times points out.For example, the FT writes that:

Fracking is banned…

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Recycling Dip Boosts China By 8-10 Percentage Points


It can be a dirty business….

Source of picture: www.China-environmental-news-blogspot.com


By John Richardson

THE sharp drop in plastics recycling in China has added 8-10 percentage points to virgin polyolefin demand growth in 2009, estimates a major Asian producer.…

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China PE To Grow By 35% – Latest ’09 Forecast


Money to be made, or saved, again?…..

Source of picture: www.evworld.com


After last week’s estimates, a big producer (who wishes to remain anonymous) has given us his forecasts for the strength of 2009 growth in demand for polyolefins in …

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China PE Growth All-Time High


Source of picture: www.americanprogress.org


By John Richardson

China’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) demand is expected to grow by 38% to around 7m tonnes forecasts CBI China, the Shanghai-based commodity information service.

Linear-low density (LLDPE) is expected to rise by …

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What I Want To Know in H2 – Part Two

Garbage out, garbage in

Source of Picture: The Daily Telegraph

Here goes for the second part of this series.

Is there anybody out there who can help?

How will the ongoing availability of recycled material affect the pricing power of …

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Another Opinion: China and Recycling

Source of Picture: The Earth Institute at Columbia University

I was speaking to a Singapore-based trader this morning over the reasons behind the polyolefin price rally.


Here are his views:

“A maor factor has been a lack of availability …

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The new frugal and greener consumer

Trendwatching.com, an Amsterdam-based consumer trends analysing service, has included something called Econcierge in its outlook for 2009.

This involves a new breed of less conspicuous consumers, straitened by the credit crisis or maybe feeling guilty for the wallops of cash …

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