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China PE Demand Weakness Continues

 By John Richardson

LET’S put this into context: China’s polyethylene (PE) demand grew by 53 percent in 2008-2010.

Growth during the first seven months of this year was just 1.7 percent over Januuary-July 2011, according to Global Trade Information Services (GTIS). …

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June China Lending Disappoints

 

By John Richardson

POLYETHYLENE (PE) and polypropylene (PP) offer prices were reportedly on the rise across Asia earlier this week on increasing geopolitical tensions over Iran that led to a hike in crude prices.

“Butene-grade linear-low density (LLDPE) offers …

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Asian Operating Cuts Not Enough

By John Richardson

ASIAN naphtha cracker operators have cut production in response to the exceptionally weak China market, according to ICIS.

Yeochun Naphtha Cracker Centre (YNCC) has, for instance, lowered operating rates to 90 percent from 100 percent at its …

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Demand Is The Thing

By John Richardson

In the second of a series of three blog posts, we gauge the reaction of the market to last week’s sharp decline in polyolefin prices.

Yesterday, we focused on the Middle East. Today, we interview a source …

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Saudi Worries About China Netbacks

 

 

By John RichardsonHere is the first of a three blog posts on what is happening in China’s polyolefins markets.

Today, we look at the Middle East and tomorrow and Thursday we present the perspective of traders and Western-headquartered …

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Polyolefins And China Real Estate

 

By John Richardson

SOME polyolefin companies continue to present an optimistic picture of markets to investors.

They point to positive factors such as renewed economic stimulus in China and a recovery in auto production in Thailand following last year’s …

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Confidence And Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

CONFIDENCE is a strange thing. It can be derived from solid reasons for optimism over the future or from temporary factors that can rapidly disappear.

And what is the value of publicly-expressed confidence? Is it often politically …

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Threat of Oil “Permafrost”

By John Richardson

Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Tuesday did his best to calm the oil markets by arguing that the kingdom had met all its customers’ requests for crude, and was ready to raise output to full …

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Power outage hits Al-Jubail plants

By Malini Hariharan

A power outage at Al-Jubail has forced crackers and downstream plants at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, to shut down. ICIS news reports that all polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants at the site were shut yesterday. It is …

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Don’t Underestimate The Middle East

 

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By John Richardson

THE theme of last week’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference in Dubai was “Moving Downstream, Creating Added Value and Sustainable Growth”.

There is a huge effort underway in …

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