China’s environmental policies: scenarios essential for impact on local and global petrochemicals
25th March 2021 by

By John Richardson WE MUST develop very nuanced, broad ranging and constantly updated scenarios abou...

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Making all the stuff the world needs in sustainable ways is our defining challenge
28th February 2021 by

By John Richardson YOU ARE a global petrochemicals producer either headquartered in Europe or with m...

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China PX imports could fall by 64% in 2021 with styrene imports 59% lower
23rd February 2021 by

By John Richardson AS OF yesterday, around 70% of US paraxylene capacity was offline. No less than 6...

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China’s ethylene glycols imports could decline by 45% in 2021
16th February 2021 by

By John Richardson LET ME start with the good news first. As with the global polyethylene (PE) and p...

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Why it is obvious few, in any, conventional steam crackers will start-up after 2030
7th February 2021 by

By John Richardson I SAID TO a contact earlier this week that it was remarkable that a senior execut...

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Petrochemical companies must invest more in new methods of assessing demand
17th January 2021 by

By John Richardson INVESTORS must look beyond measures of GDP growth if they are going to understand...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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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 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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Petrochemicals and autos: the last 50 years provide little guide to the future
27th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been an amazingly half a century of innovation for the petrochemicals indu...

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