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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Coronavirus and the way forward: Forecasting micro surges in petrochemicals demand
11th May 2020 by

By John Richardson THE MONTH of May is normally a low season for toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) demand ...

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Post-coronavirus world: How China could end up in a stronger position
26th April 2020 by

These are, always, my views only and not the views of ICIS Here is another of attempt at long-term c...

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The new China and the rise of the Millennials transform the petrochemicals business model
6th October 2019 by

By John Richardson ANYONE who has anything to do with the petrochemicals industry or anything to do ...

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How sustainability will upend the petrochemicals cost curve, creating new winners and losers
23rd August 2019 by

By John Richardson THE FUTURE I described on Wednesday, of declining petrochemicals and polymers dem...

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Plastics pollution crisis: Impact on polyethylene margins in 2022-2027
13th May 2019 by

By John Richardson ALMOST all countries late last week signed a UN deal to monitor the flow of hard-...

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No room for cynicism as China targets major plastic clean-up
29th April 2019 by

By John Richardson THE CYNICS out there would have you believe that the global plastics rubbish cris...

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Plastic waste crisis threatens 575m tonnes of global non-recycled PE demand
4th March 2019 by

By John Richardson THE DEMAND growth for oil and other liquid fuels could be more than 50% lower up ...

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PE Margins Fall As Trade War Threatens Two Entirely Separate Trading Blocks
31st August 2018 by

By John Richardson LET’S FIRST of all take a close look at what the above chart is telling us abou...

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US Risks Losing Access To 82% Of Global PE Consumption Growth, 80% Of Exports
20th August 2018 by

By John Richardson PERHAPS this week’s low-level trade talks between the US and China shouldn’t ...

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