European polyethylene and coronavirus: Panic buying versus the real demand outlook
16th March 2020 by

By John Richardson NOW that the epicentre of the virus has moved to Europe, we need to think through...

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Sustained collapse in oil prices: Effect on petrochemicals and the global economy
9th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be a game of chicken designed to pull Russia back to the negotiating tab...

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Coronavirus: No recovery in petrochemicals likely until end-2020 and here are ten reasons why
6th March 2020 by

By John Richardson HERE IS your print-out-and-keep 10-point guide, summarising the key themes I’ve...

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Coronavirus: Global polyolefins cutbacks seem inevitable on major China demand loss
5th February 2020 by

We all hope that the coronavirus outbreak will soon be brought under control, that’s the main ...

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The polymers industry, climate change and a call to action
13th January 2020 by

By John Richardson MUCH OF the debate about plastics and the environment is, I fear, missing the big...

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China benzene and its derivatives could see negative growth in 2019
20th December 2019 by

        By John Richardson NOW let’s put this all together. My LinkedIn post o...

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US/China trade deal achieves little as China pushes hard towards petrochemicals self-sufficiency
16th December 2019 by

By John Richardson PRESIDENT Trump has promised a “tremendous amount of business” for US farmers...

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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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China’s inland petrochemicals demand will never come anywhere close to coastal levels
28th October 2019 by

By John Richardson ONE DIMENSIONAL analysis of China would have you believe that as per capita incom...

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Plastics rubbish and the developing world: Lost petrochemicals demand and the new service-led approach
14th October 2019 by

By John Richardson IT WAS billed as a liberating product, something that brought a little luxury to ...

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