Why China’s polyethylene imports could be either 22m tonnes or 3m tonnes in 2030
27th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are so many angles to this that, as with the potential outcomes of the US p...

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Debate about refinery closures, re-configurations a harmful distraction for the petrochemicals business
25th October 2020 by

In the second of a four-part series of blog posts that examines the paradigm shift confronting the p...

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Developed world polymers demand: layer after layer of new complexity
22nd October 2020 by

By John Richardson THE PROPOSITION that petrochemicals and polymers demand in the developed will see...

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China rapid rebound promises another great year for petchems, but beware of the fault lines
20th October 2020 by

By John Richardson IT helped immensely that as the rest of the world was shutting down, China’s fa...

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Plastic rubbish: the pandemic is increasing rather than reducing the pressure for change
18th October 2020 by

This is the first of a series of blog posts where I will examine the environmental paradigm shift an...

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Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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China’s short and long-term domestic consumption challenges will be difficult to resolve
12th October 2020 by

By John Richardson A CURSORY glance at the data from China’s Golden Week holidays, as I predicted ...

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European petrochemicals at risk of delayed demand collapse as new business model emerges
6th October 2020 by

By John Richardson AS DELEGATES take part in this year’s virtual annual European Petrochemical Ass...

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US polyethylene: resilient demand could be at risk from delay to new stimulus
4th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS REMAINS a mystery that needs to be solved: why US polyethylene (PE) markets ...

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China petrochemicals demand boom remains heavily reliant on finished goods exports
1st October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE will be a lot of official data released about booming consumer spending dur...

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