China recovery appears to lose steam as PE and PP self-sufficiency increases
1st May 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I did not warn you. The post-coronavirus recovery in China is already...

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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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Ways of dealing with COVID-19 don’t have to be rocket science
24th April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS all about getting through the next 12 months with minimal damage whilst pre...

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China economy faces huge headwinds with negative full-year growth an inevitability
15th April 2020 by

By John Richardson FRIDAY 17 April is the day when we will get the official Chinese GDP figure for Q...

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Modest rebound in oil prices on output cut reflects unprecedented scale of demand loss
13th April 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t warn you. It has been clear since early April that no amou...

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Focus of petchems business must be on meeting medical and food needs
5th April 2020 by

By John Richardson SEVERAL contacts have said to me over the last two weeks that increased medical a...

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Vital work to maintain petrochemicals supply for essential services must continue
26th March 2020 by

By John Richardson INDUSTRY associations around the world are lobbying governments about the importa...

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Polyethylene: How to plan sensibly as we face threat of new Global Depression
25th March 2020 by

By John Richardson I SINCERELY want to help you guys. That’s what I am here for. To this end, here...

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Coronavirus may take as much as two years to be brought under control
22nd March 2020 by

By John Richardson The only honest answer is that none of us know how events will turn out because o...

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Big declines in Chinese polyethylene imports, a global recession and a financial crisis
13th March 2020 by

By John Richardson YOU MIGHT be hoping that sanity will be restored after the “most expensive spee...

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