China’s petchems market rally: we don’t have enough data to decide whether it is sustainable
25th February 2021 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S PETROCHEMICAL prices typically increase when the Lunar New Year (LNY) h...

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China’s PP imports in 2021 could fall by as much as 53% over last year
21st February 2021 by

By John Richardson TODAY I get closer to completing my outlooks for China’s petrochemical and poly...

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China slowdown may be the biggest petchem event in H1, not US and European tight supply
18th February 2021 by

By John Richardson I SUSPECT that the bigger story for the global petrochemicals industry in H1 may ...

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China’s polyethylene imports set to remain very strong in 2021
14th February 2021 by

By John Richardson DEMAND, as I discussed on 11 February, will not be a problem for the global polye...

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Petrochemicals and demand: a deer caught in the headlights
11th February 2021 by

By John Richardson THE THING is, as I discussed in my 9 February blog post, we simply do not have ou...

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Global PP demand to remain resilient in 2021 even if we fail to control the pandemic
9th February 2021 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart, using polypropylene (PP) as an example, neatly crystallises an a...

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Why it is obvious few, in any, conventional steam crackers will start-up after 2030
7th February 2021 by

By John Richardson I SAID TO a contact earlier this week that it was remarkable that a senior execut...

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The new oil shocks: semiconductor supply shortages threaten the global economy
2nd February 2021 by

By John Richardson HIGH VALUE semiconductors, which are defined as five nanometres (billionths of a ...

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China’s economic dominance carries many short and long-term risks for petrochemicals
19th January 2021 by

By John Richardson JUST 5% of US companies with revenues of more than $500m plan to relocate operati...

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The energy transition and how it will define tomorrow’s petrochemical Winners
12th January 2021 by

    By John Richardson MOST OF the time historical events move at a snail’s pace. The me...

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