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China Innovation Success Versus Failure: Electric Vehicles As Case Study

By John Richardson

WHAT is the best route to innovation? Pure capitalism with a minimum amount of state interference or state-led investment programmes?

The answer is likely to of course vary sector by sector. In some industrial sectors, the capitalist …

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China Overlooked Lending Data Down 64% As Economic Slowdown Continues

By John Richardson

FAR too little attention is still being paid to China’s lending data even though this has long been the key measure of whether its economy is accelerating or slowing down.

In January 2014, lending in China started …

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US-China Trade Dispute: Pause For Breath Does Not Mean End In Sight

By John Richardson

Confused? You might well be if you’ve read the news reports following the US-China trade meeting in Washington last week.

The immediate threat of a trade war looks as if it has been averted. China’s top envoy …

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China Emerges As Winner In New Multipolar World

By John Richardson

TODAY’S headline should be written on your petrochemicals company boardroom wall, in several inch-high capital letters, and should then be used as the basis for a deep discussion about the consequences of this outcome for your business. …

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SABIC’S Al-Mady Issues Europe Warning

By John Richardson

MOHAMED Al-Mady, the CEO of SABIC, told the Financial Times yesterday that he worries about Europe losing out on petrochemical investments because of its reluctance to embrace shale gas.

“Some European companies already made the decision to go …

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EU Summit Solves Nothing

 

European LDPE spot prices at their lowest level since January 2010 

 

By John Richardson

THE EU Summit results might have bought a little more time, but as John Authers points out in this article in the Financial Times, …

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France’s Difficult Future

By John Richardson

Francois Hollande, who has the won the French presidential election, talks about cutting the retirement age to 60 from 62 for people who have worked for 41 years.

This is a handy slogan for an election campaign.…

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To frack or not to frack…

By Malini Hariharan

…is a debate that has starting moving out of the US. A desire for energy independence has seen countries like Poland to embrace shale gas with the government welcoming US companies to quickly develop the country’s reserves, …

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Refinery closures – how many and how fast?

By Malini Hariharan

Many Asian aromatics producers are optimistic that the worst is over and a gradual improvement in global demand coupled with firm Chinese demand will help them through 2009.

There is also the expectation that a pressure on …

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Action in the propylene market

By Malini Hariharan

Just when Asian propylene prices started easing comes news of disruptions in production and price hikes in the West.

Propylene availability in Europe was hit after a strike by Total’s refinery workers early in the week resulted …

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