Omicron, petchems and the developing world: we might get lucky this time, but maybe not next time
2nd December 2021 by

By John Richardson UNTIL ALL of us are adequately vaccinated none of us are sufficiently protected i...

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Benzene, the need for a new global Industrial Revolution and the big challenges that lie ahead
30th November 2021 by

By John Richardson THE CHART BELOW shows that 60% of global benzene production in 2021-2040 is forec...

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Global polypropylene could also move from inflation to deflation in Q1 next year
23rd November 2021 by

By John Richardson WE ALL NEED TO ASK ourselves whether the global patterns in polyethylene (PE) and...

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Global polyethylene could move from inflation to deflation by as early as Q1 2022
22nd November 2021 by

By John Richardson THE BALTIC DRY INDEX, one of the excellent barometers of overall economic activit...

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As China coal shortages end, polyolefins margins reach historic lows on oversupply
17th November 2021 by

By John Richardson AGAIN, DON’T say I didn’t tell you. In my 11 October blog post, having talked...

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Dip in Chinese PP exports only temporary with Q1 2022 resurgence looking likely
15th November 2021 by

By John Richardson TRADE DATA when combined with price assessments, supply and demand estimates and ...

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China could either see net imports of 63m tonnes in 2021-2031 or net exports of 18m tonnes!
9th November 2021 by

By John Richardson CONFUSED BY the above chart? Once again I certainly hope so, provided confusion i...

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After the COP26 disappointment, the “blame game” will get us nowhere
8th November 2021 by

The implications of last week’s disappointing COP26 meeting in Glasgow are so complex and so numer...

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New China HDPE import scenarios for 2021-2031 in the context of Common Prosperity
5th November 2021 by

    By John Richardson IF YOU THINK that forecasting the direction of China’s petrochemi...

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China polypropylene demand growth continues to disappoint as new capacity uncertainties increase
3rd November 2021 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYPROPYLENE (PP) demand will very likely still grow in 2021 despite w...

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