Challenges facing China as it tries to bridge the rural-income wealth and income divides
26th September 2021 by

By John Richardson THIS COULD be the biggest event in our industry since at least the Global Financi...

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What global petchems demand would have been like without the China property bubble warns us about the future
24th September 2021 by

By John Richardson PLAYING “What if?” games by changing the course of history is popular amongst...

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Whether Beijing blinks over Evergrande is the biggest issue for global petchems
22nd September 2021 by

By John Richardson WILL BEIJING blink? The answer to this question could pretty much set the directi...

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China panic over a downturn in H2 2021 is as overcooked the H1 boom narrative
8th August 2021 by

By John Richardson THERE is a lot of very unhelpful noise out there about China which is making it v...

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Every climate initiative must be road tested in the developing world – and adequate funding is essential
1st August 2021 by

The views expressed in this blog are, as always, my personal views and do not represent the views of...

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Pandemic’s third wave seems unlikely to damage global petrochemicals demand
22nd July 2021 by

By John Richardson THE GREATEST rock band of all time put it so well in Circumstances from the semin...

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The right analysis of China export data confirms moderate slowdown
18th July 2021 by

By John Richardson STATISTICS, if you do not look at them in the right way, can be very misleading. ...

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As the drift towards a divided world continues, here are some climate change realities
8th July 2021 by

Note that, as always, the views expressed here are personal. Thank you. By John Richardson Executive...

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China styrene demand faces annual decline while imports could fall by 38%
1st July 2021 by

By John Richardson SINCE FEBRUARY this year the ICIS petrochemical data has pointed to a significant...

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The multi-million dollar polymers opportunity: continued big regional price differentials
29th June 2021 by

By John Richardson POLYMER BUYERS outside northeast (NEA) and southeast Asia (SEA) have a big opport...

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