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China PE Demand Down 4 Percent


By John Richardson

CHEMICALS analysts, and some senior company executives, are telling us that growth in China will bounce back in the second half of 2012. 

To give these forecasts some historical context, the recovery was supposed to happen …

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A Road Map For Success

The new chapter of our free ‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal’ ebook sets out a road map to success for companies in the New Normal. It also identifies 5 key areas where major change is already underway.

Demand-driven. Markets …

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European Petchems: A Great Year For Some

By John Richardsn

A brilliant seven months or a collapse in average profitability to its lowest level since end-2009 are two radically different takes on the fortunes of European petrochemicals so far this year.

The description of a brilliant January-to-August …

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European Polyolefins: The Luxury of Unintended Consequences

Another excuse for a Dylan picture – ref “Shelter From The Storm”

Source of picture: www.israbox.com

By John Richardson

WEST EUROPEAN polyolefin markets remain tight thanks to the lingering effects of lack of spending on maintenance, several market sources have …

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Picking The Winners And Losers


Source of picture: ICIS


By John Richardson

ICIS has just published its Top 100 listing for 2009, which, not surprisingly, reveals the nothing-short-of devastating impact of the global economic crisis on chemical company financial performances.

“Unprecedented operating and …

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Polyethylene Price Recovery Built On House Of Cards


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By John Richardson

It always seemed as if the Asian polyethylene (PE) price rebound was built on a house of cards.

The Chinese economy is slowing down, the country’s domestic production has greatly increased …

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Fingers Crossed For No Double-Dip Recession



The Risk Of Exhausted Optimism

Source of picture: http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/double-dip-recession/


By John Richardson

Global polyethylene (PE) oversupply will be “challenging but manageable” over the next year-and-a-half provided there is no double-dip economic downturn, said Joe Duffy, consultant with …

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China’s Unstoppable Consumption Juggernaut?



The major long-term shift in US refinery economics and C3s


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By John Richardson

CHINA will account for around one-third of global polypropylene (PP) consumption by the middle of this decade, up …

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Asian Polyolefins Face Two-Year Freight Squeeze

Container Freight Rates: Luck Before Brains

Source of picture: blogs.princeton.edu


By John Richardson

ASIA’S polyolefin industry is facing additional pressure from new Middle East capacity due to higher freight rates from the Middle East to Europe, the blog has been told.

This …

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