Ways of dealing with COVID-19 don’t have to be rocket science
24th April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS all about getting through the next 12 months with minimal damage whilst pre...

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China PP imports: Two scenarios showing downside risks for 2020
21st April 2020 by

John Richardson SOMETIMES you can forget what you already know. This was the case in March when I wa...

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Global PP demand in 2020 faces two potential major downsides
20th April 2020 by

  By John Richardson THE GOOD news might be that some 30% of global PP demand is into packaging...

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China economy faces huge headwinds with negative full-year growth an inevitability
15th April 2020 by

By John Richardson FRIDAY 17 April is the day when we will get the official Chinese GDP figure for Q...

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Modest rebound in oil prices on output cut reflects unprecedented scale of demand loss
13th April 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t warn you. It has been clear since early April that no amou...

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After COVID-19: How US petrochemicals could become the laggard
8th April 2020 by

The big oil, gas and petrochemicals companies have already started planning for how the world will l...

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Focus of petchems business must be on meeting medical and food needs
5th April 2020 by

By John Richardson SEVERAL contacts have said to me over the last two weeks that increased medical a...

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Be very, very cautious about buying into the idea of a Q2 crude price rally
3rd April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS the unprecedented nature of the demand shock that’s the thing, regardless...

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No business as usual despite re-ordering of global polyethylene competitiveness
1st April 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE ARE sadly no business as usual scenarios, in my view. Under normal circumst...

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Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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