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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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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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House Of Cards Waiting To Fall: Oil, Equities And The Economy

By John Richardson

HOW much of the rise in oil prices since June of last year has been down to the fundamentals of supply and demand versus the hedge funds taking out a record number of short positions?

We are …

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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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How To Replace Billions Of Dollars Of Polymer Sales Lost To New Recycling Rules

By John Richardson

THE EU’s requirement that all plastics packaging must be recyclable by 2030 will result in billions of dollars in lost sales across the 28 members of the EU.

To give you an example, my preliminary guesstimate suggests …

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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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Plastic Waste: The Billion Dollar Threat To The Global Polymers Business

By John Richardson

THE global scale of the plastics waste challenge is illustrated by the above chart from my blog post last October. Using our ICIS Supply & Demand Database, examining the production of of 11 major polymers, some 4bn …

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