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Why China Will Rapidly Become Paraxylene Self-Sufficient

By John Richardson

WOW, what an opportunity. That might be your reaction to the two above charts. On the left, you can see a quite breath taking rise in China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports (imports minus exports). In 2007, China’s …

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Asian Polyolefins Profits To Test 2012 Lows As Global Economy Slows

By John Richardson

PETROCHEMICALS are a great barometer for economic growth as they are the raw materials for so many finished goods. So, if petrochemicals producers see their profits slip, this provides an early signal that something is wrong with …

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Electric Vehicles And The Collapse In Oil, Polymers Demand

 

By John Richardson

IN THE mid-1980s, AT&T hired a consultant to estimate the level of US mobile phone ownership by 2000. They estimated 900,000. The actual number was 109 million.

The petrochemicals and polymers industry is at risk of …

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Asian Polyolefins Markets Still Indicate Economic Slowdown

By John Richardson

ANOTHER week has led to another fall in Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices despite higher naphtha feedstock costs on stronger crude oil.

Pricing has been weak since the Lunar New Year Holidays, (15-21 February). Market …

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Petrochemicals Markets Point To Synchronised Global Downturn

By John Richardson

IF you repeat something enough times, such as the “emperor  is wearing clothes”, lots of people begin to believe it. So is the case with the widespread idea that we are in the midst of an unshakeable …

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Stock Markets: Real Implications For Petchems and Risks Of A “Cynical Bubble”

By John Richardson

WHEN stock markets are rising, the proverbial garden can look as if it is blooming with summer flowers without a weed in sight.

But the underlying data suggest wealth inequality is still a major issue in the …

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The Battle To Retain Metallocene Polyethylene Price Premiums

By John Richardson

THE ABOVE chart could be a sign of a long term trend where we see metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) price premiums over standard, or C4 grade, LLDPE film at lower levels.

We have already seen C6 …

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Asian Petchems Profits Could Test Historic Lows In 2018

By John Richardson

THE ASIAN steam cracker business has struggled to pass on higher oil prices as the above chart further underlines. As you can see, high-density polyethylene (LLDPE) injection grade spreads including selected co-products have slipped over the last …

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Petrochemicals Destocking Phase Likely As Crude Volatility Increases

By John Richardson

WE COULD now be in a destocking phase in petrochemicals markets as oil prices are falling on a surge in US production.

This would obviously mean lower petrochemicals pricing, leaving companies that have overbuilt raw material inventories …

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Petchems Face Major Inventory Risk As Economic Confidence Builds

By John Richardson

NOBODY knows how many tonnes of un-cracked naphtha are sitting in steam cracker storage tanks around the world compared with H1 of last year.

Or how much plastic resin and rolls of plastic film are being held …

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