Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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China 2020 polyethylene demand 4.1m tonnes lower on single-use plastics ban and coronavirus
27th January 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA was supposed to be the one polyethylene (PE) market we could all depend on ...

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China single-use plastic bans: Polyethylene imports 68m tonnes lower in 2020-2030
24th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE good news from a “business as usual” perspective is that China’...

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China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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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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US and Iran conflict in a world of declining growth and fragile supply chains
8th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THINK of the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and multiply its impact on global supply ...

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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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Asian PE and PP margins at lowest levels in at least five years and will go lower……
4th December 2019 by

By John Richardson NOT since at least the beginning of 2014 have Northeast and Southeast Asian polye...

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China new vehicle sales: A long term decline and what this means for petrochemicals
29th November 2019 by

By John Richardson THE MAINSTREAM view is that there is nothing fundamental about the decline in new...

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