China’s 74% Fall In High-Risk Lending Points To New Slowdown
18th April 2018 by

By John Richardson THE above chart should give you a feeling of déjà vu. In early 2014, Chinese le...

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Plastic Rubbish Crisis: No More Business As Usual For Polymers
28th March 2018 by

By John Richardson DO NOT underestimate the ability of public opinion to reshape markets. That’s m...

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China Polyethylene: Inland Growth And Internet Sales Versus Threat From Sustainability
13th March 2018 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE CHART uses the same approach I used in late February for my post on per...

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US Polyethylene: Even Without Trade War, $6.2bn Of Sales In China At Risk
11th March 2018 by

By John Richardson AS THE number of exemptions from the new US steel and aluminium tariffs grow for ...

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Plastic Waste Crisis: How Polymer Company Early Adopters Can Win
21st February 2018 by

Being an “early adopter” is never easy because of cynicism and scepticism. But what choice do we...

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How To Replace Billions Of Dollars Of Polymer Sales Lost To New Recycling Rules
29th January 2018 by

By John Richardson THE EU’s requirement that all plastics packaging must be recyclable by 2030 wil...

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How US Could Be Squeezed Out Of Europe’s Polyethylene Market
24th November 2017 by

By John Richardson EARLIER this year a commonly held view was that globalisation would slip into rev...

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Benefits, Risks Of Petronas/Aramco Deals Serving As Template
3rd November 2017 by

By John Richardson THE PETRONAS and Saudi Aramco joint ventures in the RAPID refining-to-petrochemic...

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Soft Brexit, Hard Brexit, No Brexit, A Labour Govt – Take Your Pick
12th June 2017 by

By John Richardson IT was of course a gamble that backfired hugely. The UK’s General Election woul...

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China Becomes Dominant Superpower: Implications For Petchems
17th November 2016 by

  By John Richardson CHINA can become the world’s No1 Superpower, replacing the US, if it can ris...

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