Plastic rubbish: the pandemic is increasing rather than reducing the pressure for change
18th October 2020 by

This is the first of a series of blog posts where I will examine the environmental paradigm shift an...

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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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Petrochemicals and autos: the last 50 years provide little guide to the future
27th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been an amazingly half a century of innovation for the petrochemicals indu...

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Rate of recovery hugely reliant on effectiveness of government policies
24th September 2020 by

By John Richardson UNLESS MORE action is taken by developed countries to help counter the impact of ...

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China’s policy dilemma: raising local demand while protecting exports
13th September 2020 by

  By John Richardson IN THIS Western-centric world, a huge amount of ink is split over the cons...

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The China polyester mystery continues in a world turned upside down
7th September 2020 by

By John Richardson SOMETHING very strange is happening in China’s polyester industry which has eno...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
30th August 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Why history might not even rhyme next year if economic recovery fails to arrive
19th August 2020 by

By John Richardson WE were very lucky in 2010, as the above chart illustrates. Global demand for pol...

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Vaccine hopes versus reality and the implications for petrochemicals
16th August 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WONDERFUL poet, T.S. Eliot, wrote “humankind cannot bear very much reality...

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