Asian polyethylene price recovery faces multiple challenges
25th June 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are reports of significant cuts in Middle East polyethylene (PE) operating ...

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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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China’s big declines in 2020 PX and PP imports: the impact on its major trading partners
18th June 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S refineries and petrochemicals plants came roaring back to almost fu...

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Paraxylene demand collapses as higher China production threatens 6m tonne fall in imports
15th June 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you that a decline in stock markets would happen. The...

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Main Street versus Wall Street and the crisis in the developing world
10th June 2020 by

By John Richardson RISING equity and oil markets do not necessarily point to a V-shaped recovery. I ...

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Why the EU could become polyethylene self-sufficient in the post-pandemic world
8th June 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE OF the many unknowns about the post-pandemic world is the extent to which the...

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Polyethylene producers must avoid repeating the mistakes of Q1
5th June 2020 by

By John Richardson AFTER a very challenging first quarter, nobody wants to make further write-downs ...

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China’s PP production growth could lead to big declines in 2020 imports
1st June 2020 by

By John Richardson PLEASE DON’T say I didn’t warn you. China is rapidly moving towards polypropy...

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Coronavirus, impact on the developing world and the scale of demand losses
29th May 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL OF us are struggling to come to terms with a collapse in the global economy t...

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Coronavirus, reshoring and the polyester industry: Good luck with that
27th May 2020 by

By John Richardson POLITICIANS, not just including the Populist variety, are talking a lot about res...

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