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China’s Polyethylene Market: Three New Scenarios For 2018-2025

By John Richardson

THE above slide underlines the growing complexity surrounding China’s economy, politics, society,  environmental policies and trading relationship with the US. I’ve placed this complexity in the context of the implications for the polyethylene (PE) industry. The above …

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Plastic Waste Crisis: How Polymer Company Early Adopters Can Win

Being an “early adopter” is never easy because of cynicism and scepticism. But what choice do we polymer companies have? None, if they really want to protect their revenues.

 

By John Richardson

POLYMER companies will lose billions of euros …

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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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Plastic Rubbish Backlash Will Lead To New Polymer Manufacturing Processes…

….as sustainability replaces globalisation as the new industry value driver

By John Richardson

IT HAS always been illogical to claim that as Peak Oil Demand approaches this provides a great new opportunity for lots of cheap refinery feedstocks to meet …

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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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China Accelerates Pollution Campaign In 2018: Implications For Chemicals

By John Richardson

ON THE surface of things there will be no let up when China’s winter air pollution campaign ends in March, as I predicted would be the case. China is drawing up plans for tougher curbs on smog …

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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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In One Simple Chart: The Risk For Petchems From Crude

By John Richardson

Sometimes a simple chart is worth hundreds of words. A lot less than hundreds of words today, therefore, as you consider the above chart and these two key questions:

If the global economy was that strong, and/or…

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Asian Naphtha Cracker Spreads To Fall By 50% In 2018

By John Richardson

ASIAN naphtha cracker operators will see a 50% decline in average spreads, or differentials, between their raw-material costs and finished product prices in 2018 compared with last year, according to my forecasts in the above chart. This …

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China’s Plastic Clean-Up Threatens Polymer Growth Assumptions

Last week saw the release of an EU Plastics Strategy which aims to make packaging plastics 100% recyclable in the EU by 2030. China is also moving in the same direction, as I discuss below – and this doesn’t just …

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