Tag Archives | South Korea

South Korea’s Demographic Challenges

By John Richardson

THE blog has been long on South Korea ever since its first visit in 1997.  Its economic achievements since the horrors of the Korean War are nothing short of amazing.

Bereft of natural resources, all it has …

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Searching For A Manufacturing Revival

By John Richardson

WALK into any airport bookshop and you will see shelf after shelf full of management and “get rich quick” books. How many books are you likely to see on inventing things and manufacturing? Hardly any…..

The danger …

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Northeast Asia Confronts PVC Consolidation

By John Richardson

ASIAN higher cost polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers are facing the twin squeeze of increased electricity costs and very competitive exports from the US, according to an industry source the blog met with in Taipei, ahead of tomorrow …

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Social Change And Growth

South Korea and its consumer-driven economy

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By John Richardson

MEASURING demand growth cannot involve merely assuming that the future will be the same as the past, as this increasingly complex world continues to tell …

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Middle East-China MEG Exports Surge

By John Richardson

MONO-ETHYLENE glycol (MEG) exports to China rose to 4.12m tonnes in the first half of this year from 3.38m tonnes during the same period in 2011, according to data from Global Trade Information Services (GTIS).

The main …

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South Korea “Denial” Continues

 

By John Richardson

EARNINGS estimates for South Korean petrochemicals companies for the full-year 2012 remain around 30 percent above where they should be because “most financial analysts remain in denial“, said an industry source.

A sign of how bad …

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KPMG Warns Of US Overcapacity

 

By John Richardson

A management consultancy has gone on the record to warn about what the blog has been warning about for months: That the US petrochemicals industry is in danger of pushing itself into oversupply.

KPMG, in a …

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Northeast Asia PE Weakest Margins

 

Source: ICIS pricing Weekly Asian PE Margin Report

 

By John Richardson

The slide above shows how Northeast Asian naphtha-based polyethylene (PE) producers are struggling as a result of the weak China market (dark blue bars).

And it confirms …

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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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Stimulus Nonsense Raises Hopes

By John Richardson

EARNINGS estimates for South Korean petrochemical companies will have to be cut by 50 percent for the full year 2012, said an industry observer.

“It is quite clear that the first quarter was dreadful for the South …

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