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The Petronas Decision: What It Means

By John Richardson

LAST week’s decision by Petronas to go ahead with its $27bn refinery and petrochemicals complex at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia, tells us that:…

Nation building remains important in the petrochemicals business. This project will create huge further

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Regional Trading Blocs: Globalisation In Reverse

By John Richardson

HAS anyone out there considered the possibility that we could end up with a series of regional trading blocs as globalisation goes into rapid reverse?

Or have chemicals companies instead come up with one-dimensional outlooks that assume …

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Prepare For More Fragmented, Protected Markets

By John Richardson

Last week, the blog gave a presentation at the ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference in Jakarta during which we highlighted the anxiety over the impact of increased low cost ethylene and derivatives exports from the US.

But only …

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Australia: Nice Work If You Were Able To Get It

By John Richardson

BACK in the late 1990s, the blog held a discussion with an Australian petrochemicals industry executive. He described his country’s approach to free trade, or rather the lack of it, as “to put it politely, naïve, and …

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Much Less Of This…..

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 Source: FT Beyondbrics

 

By John Richardson

A fascinating article by the academic Anil K Gupta and consultant Haiyan Wang offers further support to our long-running argument that the future will not necessarily be the same as the future, …

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Chems Trade Protectionism On The Rise

By John Richardson

TRADE protectionism in chemicals is set to rise during 2012 as a result of a weaker global economy, warned a trade lawyer who specialises in the chemicals industry.

“There was a 30-40% increase in the total number …

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China And The WTO Ten Years On

By John Richardson

TEN years ago this weekend China officially joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and so no doubt numerous speeches have been given about all the benefits to the global economy.

Here is a somewhat more negative perspective:

*As the diagram …

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US-China Yuan Row And The Threat To Chemicals

 

Source of picture: The China Daily

 

By John Richardson

THE outcome of the row between the US and China over the value of the Yuan has the potential to bring to an end a tentative and highly unbalanced …

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Wearing blinkers is a job requirement

“Take it from me, peripheral vision isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you want to get a decent annual bonus….”

 

Source of picture: www.whipnspurs.co.nz

 

Here’s a rant for Tuesday – with thanks to Paul Hodges for informing …

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West To Exert More Cost Pressures

The US back-to-school buying season

Source of Picture: theglobeandmail.com

As regular readers will remember, last Friday I linked through to this article from the New York Times on the likelihood of a disappointing back-to-school sales season in the US.

I …

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