Archive | January, 2010


Some more surprises for polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

The Wednesday post on this blog highlighted some of the unexpected turns that the Asian polyolefins market has been taking.

There have been more developments over the last two days that are likely to influence markets in …

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China And The Cold Weather: Heating The Great Outdoors

Stop complaining – it’s actually colder inside!

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By John Richardson

As northern China shivers from the coldest temperatures in decades, one Western ex-pat based in the country vented his spleen on cultural impediments which cause …

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Polymers start the year on a robust note, but how long will it last?

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

Expect the unexpected and you probably stand a good chance of making money in the polymer market.

Defying expectations of a slowdown in demand ahead of the Chinese new year in February markets have …

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Korea’s Kumho faces heavy dose of restructuring

By Malini Hariharan

The financially troubled Kumho Asiana group, with assets stretching from petrochemicals to airlines, has finally been able to work out a plan that should satisfy its creditors.

The Korea Herald reports that the group plans to raise …

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Cash Will Remain King in 2010

Still too crowded…

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By John Richardson


Dear Readers – Welcome Back.

Having spent the last two weeks lying on Western Australian beaches, drinking beer and reading books on European history – while also building sand …

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