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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China petrochemical inventories build on what could be false hopes of a V-shaped rebound
19th May 2020 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS storage space in China fills up on the hope that the country ca...

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Further polyethylene rate cuts seem inevitable with no certainty on who will blink first
18th May 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS NOT just a razor-like focus on petrochemicals demand that will get you thro...

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What petrochemical companies must do to adapt to a smaller coronavirus economy
15th May 2020 by

By John Richardson PETROCHEMICAL companies can adapt to the coronavirus New Normal by running their ...

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Coronavirus and the way forward: Forecasting micro surges in petrochemicals demand
11th May 2020 by

By John Richardson THE MONTH of May is normally a low season for toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) demand ...

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Why Asia may win and the US lose in post-virus petchems investment world
6th May 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richardson ...

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Coronavirus may have made China province-level petchems data even more important
4th May 2020 by

By  John Richardson WHEN THE coronavirus crisis first hit China most of the focus was of course on ...

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