Sustainability, the pandemic, demographics and geopolitics – how petchem companies respond will define their success
1st December 2020 by

Just to stress again that this blog represents my personal views and not those if ICIS. By John Rich...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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China polyethylene and ethlyene glycols in 2021: country-by-country outlook for exporters
26th November 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports could be at either 19.8m tonnes in 2021 or 16...

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Vaccines, petrochemicals demand and a much more complex world
10th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE DIDN’T used to require expert knowledge of vaccines, epidemiology, political...

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China’s booming polypropylene demand in 2020 and what could happen next year
9th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT has been a year that just about nobody in the Asian polypropylene (PP) industr...

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Politics and petrochemicals: Fifth Plenum review and the US elections
5th November 2020 by

By John Richardson The rather dull and very short formal government communique that was released aft...

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Global polyethylene markets: What’s happened in 2020 and an outlook for next year
3rd November 2020 by

By John Richardson HERE is your essential cut-out-and-keep summary of what has happened in global po...

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Debate about refinery closures, re-configurations a harmful distraction for the petrochemicals business
25th October 2020 by

In the second of a four-part series of blog posts that examines the paradigm shift confronting the p...

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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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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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