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US Jobs Revival A Mirage

By John Richardson

THE US is well and truly back economically was once again one of the themes at this year’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Pattaya, Thailand.

It was argued that shale gas has led to a manufacturing …

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China Reconsiders Petchems Targets

By John Richardson

CHINA has long set targets for petrochemicals self-sufficiency in each of its  five-year economic plans – and those targets have been pretty aggressive as the chart above, showing the recent rise in ethylene production, indicates. These have …

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US Shale Gas: Demand Is The Thing

By John Richardson

Here is one way of looking at the shale gas industry in the US from a March Oxford Economics Report:…

While most of the companies that have made write-downs are not quitting, many players in this industry

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US Petchems Risk Getting Only One Cookie

By John Richardson

WALTER Mischel, the psychologist, carried out an experiment on four-year-old children in the late 1960s.

“They were given a choice between a small reward (one Oreo cookie), which they could have at any time, or a larger …

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LNG As Geopolitical Tool: US Would Need To Turn Communist

By John Richardson

OVER the last couple of weeks, ever since Russia effectively annexed the Crimea, it has been argued that the US can use LNG as geopolitical weapon.

By making the approvals process easier for LNG export terminals, this …

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ExxonMobil, Energy Efficiency And Innovation

By John Richardson

SAVING money through energy efficiency, along with innovation, will be two of  the keys to success in the New Normal because  demand-growth patterns will be very different than during the Supercycle. The suspension, which guaranteed success for …

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Dow And Commodities-Specialities Integration

 

By John Richardson

IS diversification itself a problem in commodity chemicals and speciality companies with operations under one roof, or is it more how this diversification is handled?

This is a question raised by this excellent Insight article, from …

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Dow Chemical And Back To The Future

By John Richardson

HOW the world has changed. Dan Loeb of the Hedge fund, Third Point, wrote in a letter proposing a spin-off of Dow Chemical’s petrochemicals assets: “We suspect that Dow’s push downstream has led the company to use …

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ExxonMobil Highlights US Growth Challenge

By John Richardson

WHEN somebody very senior in the petrochemicals industry makes a bold statement – one that pulls no punches – it is worth taking note.

And so it is worth reading in full what Stephen Pryor, ExxonMobil Chemical …

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China In 2014: Some Predictions

 

By John Richardson

IT was a year to remember, for the right reasons, for anybody who bet on a recovery in Chinese polyethylene (PE) demand.

Back in May, it was all doom and gloom. But since May, thanks to …

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