Pandemic and the developing world: No quick and easy solutions
1st September 2020 by

By John Richardson POVERTY alleviation in low-income developing countries could be set back a decade...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Vaccine hopes versus reality and the implications for petrochemicals
16th August 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WONDERFUL poet, T.S. Eliot, wrote “humankind cannot bear very much reality...

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China paraxylene and ethylene glycols apparent demand booms as real demand remains weak
13th August 2020 by

              All the numbers below are comparisons on a year-on-...

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China’s shift towards styrene self-sufficiency adds to pressure for new petrochemicals business model
9th August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS dead simple, apparently. All you have to do is find alternative geographica...

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Paraxylene demand collapses as higher China production threatens 6m tonne fall in imports
15th June 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you that a decline in stock markets would happen. The...

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Beware of the fragile nature of the oil and petrochemical price recovery
22nd May 2020 by

By John Richardson RECENT rises in oil and petrochemicals prices should not in my view be taken as a...

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China petrochemical inventories build on what could be false hopes of a V-shaped rebound
19th May 2020 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS storage space in China fills up on the hope that the country ca...

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Why Asia may win and the US lose in post-virus petchems investment world
6th May 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richardson ...

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China recovery appears to lose steam as PE and PP self-sufficiency increases
1st May 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I did not warn you. The post-coronavirus recovery in China is already...

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