Why China’s polyethylene imports could be either 22m tonnes or 3m tonnes in 2030
27th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are so many angles to this that, as with the potential outcomes of the US p...

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Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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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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The China polyester mystery continues in a world turned upside down
7th September 2020 by

By John Richardson SOMETHING very strange is happening in China’s polyester industry which has eno...

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Pandemic and the developing world: No quick and easy solutions
1st September 2020 by

By John Richardson POVERTY alleviation in low-income developing countries could be set back a decade...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
30th August 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s limited policy options to help lower-paid workers make 2020 retail sales recovery unlikely
25th August 2020 by

All the data comparisons below are on a year-on-year basis By John Richardson AS I’VE been flaggin...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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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 “humankind cannot bear very much reality...

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