Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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Coronavirus: Global polypropylene demand in 2020 could fall by 2.6m tonnes over last year
17th February 2020 by

By John Richardson SOME GOOD news might be that official Chinese state media announced that the numb...

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Why coronavirus will be a much bigger deal for petrochemicals than SARS
2nd February 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORLD was very different in 2003 when SARS struck. Back then, China accounted...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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Iran and the US: Assessing the risks for petrochemicals and the global economy
6th January 2020 by

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

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Global polyethylene in 2020: Margins will reach historic lows as new growth model emerges
8th December 2019 by

Here is a first of a series of outlook articles for 2020 where I focus on the risks ahead for the gl...

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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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Asian copolymer polyproplyene used as a sink for growing oversupply of ethylene
27th November 2019 by

By John Richardson A SURE sign that the Asian ethylene-to-polyethylene (PE) markets are distressed c...

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Asian polyethylene shutdowns? Once again, good luck with that idea
25th November 2019 by

By John Richardson I was new to the game as I had only been analysing the petrochemicals business fo...

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Europe to become much more self-sufficient in polyethylene because of sustainability
20th November 2019 by

Yes, I know I promised to focus on Asia and its cracker-to-PE industry today and how the region will...

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