Tag Archives | US manufacturing revival

Guaranteeing The “Trickle Down” Effect

By John Richardson

THE average-paid worker in a US company has to work for more than a month to earn what her or his CEO will earn in just one hour, according to this video from Adam Mordecai – the …

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US Labour Shortages Threaten Petchem Projects

By John Richardson

WHEN is apparent bad news actually good news? In the case of the US, where a serious shortage of manpower might result in at least the delay in some petrochemicals projects and perhaps, even, hopefully, some cancellations.…

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New Consensus Builds On Ethylene Supply Gap

By John Richardson

THERE seems to be a new consensus emerging over an ethylene capacity addition shortage between 2013 and 2017.

Many of the projects that are supposed to come on-stream during that period will either be delayed, or perhaps …

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The Saudi Feedstock Debate Intensifies

By John Richardson

THE debate about the future competitiveness of Saudi petrochemicals versus the US is heating up.

In January, we reported that Jamal Malaikah (see picture), the president of Saudi polypropylene (PP) producer National Petrochemical Industrial Co (NATPET), had …

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Players In Europe And Asia Are Serious About Cheap US Ethane

A fascinating guest blog post by my colleague, Nigel Davis (see below) explores how excess US ethane supply could help raise the competitiveness of European and US crackers. Provided, of course, that there is sufficient demand.

By Nigel Davis

IT …

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“You Can’t Turn Back The Demographic Tide”

 

By John Richardson

Our argument ument that demographics drive demand is gaining greater traction.

Demographic challenges apply both to developed markets, where populations are rapidly ageing, and to emerging markets such as China, which confronts ithe consequences of its …

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European Petchems Face Tough Choices

 

By John Richardson

AT LEAST one global polyolefins producer is rumoured to be shipping increased volumes of resin from the US to Europe in response to the shale gas-derived shift in competitiveness.

“Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris is making …

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US Manufacturing Exam Question

A lot more than just the standard Model T.,,,

Source of picture: cCSU Archv/Everett/Rex Features

By John Richardson

THE question on my exam paper this Monday morning is what this outstanding article by the author, Charles Fishman, in The Atlantic …

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US-China Trade Disputes Threat

By John Richardson

CHINA’S 15.3 percent increase in exports in May, far greater than most analysts had expected, is being interpreted as a sign of the country’s enduring economic strength.

This is certainly good news for China amidst all the …

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APIC: US Feedstock and Asia Optimism

By John Richardson

FEEDSTOCK advantages in the US and the continued economic rise of Asia were some of the themes of last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steam crackers are being planned in abundance in …

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