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Plastic Waste Crisis: Virgin Polymers Growth Will Be Below GDP

By John Richardson

AS the demand for transportation fuels declines, oil and refining companies are increasingly viewing petrochemicals as compensation for this lost demand.  Their logic is based on the theory that whilst gasoline and diesel consumption is set to …

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Single-Use Plastics: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

By John Richardson

AN ENVIRONMENTALIST I used to know would often say, “The world is already choking to death on plastics. We don’t need any more. We must shut plastics plants down and stop building new ones.” She was only …

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Why China Can Become Major Polypropylene Exporter By 2025

By John Richardson

ONE of the main topics of debate in the global polypropylene (PP) business is whether or not China will become entirely self-sufficient. The pessimists, or rather I would say the realists, go a step further. They believe …

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Plastic Rubbish Crisis: No More Business As Usual For Polymers

By John Richardson

DO NOT underestimate the ability of public opinion to reshape markets. That’s my first warning to any polymers industry executive out there who thinks future success will come from a business as usual approach.

Public anger at …

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China Doubles Down On Pollution Clean-up: Consequences For Chemicals

By John Richardson

ECONOMIC GROWTH for the sake of economic growth was for so many years the No1 priority in China. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that there is a legacy of major environmental problems.

These include some 1.6m premature …

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China Polyethylene: Inland Growth And Internet Sales Versus Threat From Sustainability

By John Richardson

THE ABOVE CHART uses the same approach I used in late February for my post on per capita polypropylene consumption in China. In this case, my focus is on polyethylene (PE):

The latest available IMF data for…

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Global Trade War: $12.4bn of US Petchems Exports At Risk

By John Richardson

THE CUMULATIVE negative effect on global GDP as more and more countries became involved in a trade war is estimated by the above table on the left, from a research paper by economists as the Australian National …

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