Asian Chemical Connections

History will surely repeat itself
8th April 2008 by

The mood at the recent NPRA International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas, was mixed,...

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Is the last margin grab over?
24th March 2008 by

Shortly after I wrote this article (see below) on the doom and gloom surrounding China polyolefins m...

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China growth under severe threat
5th February 2008 by

I could easily be accused of ceaseless pessimism, but growth in China is moderating – regardle...

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Here we go again – 1997 is back…..
22nd January 2008 by

I sincerely hope not, but all the signs are there because of: *A financial crisis which nobody again...

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China coal to benzene threatens
20th January 2008 by

With naphtha prices so high, heavy aromatics and pygas feedstock for producing benzene are not only ...

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The flawed “science” of forecasting
20th November 2007 by

Maybe I’ve been to too many conferences this year, and indeed over the last decade, and have s...

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Another great year for Asian polyolefins but……
27th September 2007 by

……how long will it last is the inevitable question. Demand growth has been so strong so ...

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The fallout for petrochemicals from Iraq
1st August 2007 by

As everyone focuses on when the next downturn might arrive, macro issues such as the implications of...

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China attempts to move up the value chain
27th July 2007 by

Petrochemical markets are being badly ruffled by two recent Chinese government decisions. In late Ju...

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Rebranding the chemicals industry
17th July 2007 by

The industry we work either for or with is about as popular as George Bush Junior at I was about to ...

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