China PP and styrene Q1 apparent demand seems to indicate slowdown
25th April 2021 by

By John Richardson WE MUST BE careful here. If 2020 taught is anything, it is that China has the cap...

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Seeing through the lack of data: new scenarios for global LLDPE demand in 2021-2025
18th March 2021 by

By John Richardson WE DON’T HAVE THE DATA sets nor the data tools to work out what is going to hap...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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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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Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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IMF confirms global economy all about China as US threat to growth persists
8th November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. An important new IMF study confirms what I’ve ...

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US equities risk following China as global debt bubble unwinds
24th October 2018 by

THE CENTRAL character of The Big Short was the only person who bothered to read the detail of US m...

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Spend Your Supply-Driven Profits On Managing Demand
14th June 2015 by

By John Richardson IT has been a fantastic few months for Asia’s naphtha cracker industry as the a...

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Butadiene Market Standoff
30th March 2012 by

By Malini Hariharan Just days after a recovery in butadiene prices, downstream synthetic rubber prod...

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Global Polymers Demand Up 4.5% In 2011
25th March 2012 by

By Malini Hariharan Despite challenging market conditions in 2011, the global polymers industry mana...

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