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

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

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Why a new stimulus deal could be critical for US polyethylene demand
11th August 2020 by

By John Richardson GOVERNMENT stimulus is crucial for protecting polyethylene (PE) markets in the We...

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Why the polypropylene industry must switch from volumes to value
26th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERYONE knows about the oversupply in the polyethylene (PE) market as it has bee...

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Resilience of global polyethylene demand jeopardised by stimulus withdrawals
15th July 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORD on the street ‚Äď what market participants have said about the polyethyl...

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Global polyethylene oversupply, the highest in 19 years, hasn’t gone away
3rd July 2020 by

By John Richardson BRENT crude futures surged by 80% during the second quarter and enjoyed their bes...

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Main Street versus Wall Street and the crisis in the developing world
10th June 2020 by

By John Richardson RISING equity and oil markets do not necessarily point to a V-shaped recovery. I ...

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Coronavirus, impact on the developing world and the scale of demand losses
29th May 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL OF us are struggling to come to terms with a collapse in the global economy t...

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