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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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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Rate of recovery hugely reliant on effectiveness of government policies
24th September 2020 by

By John Richardson UNLESS MORE action is taken by developed countries to help counter the impact of ...

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China bans on single-use plastics move forward with major recycling investments likely
22nd September 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS EVENT slipped under most people’s radar in the midst of the pandemic crisi...

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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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Why history might not even rhyme next year if economic recovery fails to arrive
19th August 2020 by

By John Richardson WE were very lucky in 2010, as the above chart illustrates. Global demand for pol...

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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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China’s long-term ambition for paraxylene self-sufficiency seems close to being realised
21st June 2020 by

On Friday, I examined how China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports could fall to as little 8m tonne...

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