The energy transition and how it will define tomorrow’s petrochemical Winners
12th January 2021 by

    By John Richardson MOST OF the time historical events move at a snail’s pace. The me...

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Collapsing battery costs point to ever-declining forecasts for oil demand
5th January 2021 by

By John Richardson THE END of the oil age is arriving. Sooner than many people think, demand for oil...

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Sustainability means reducing carbon emissions as well as plastic waste
22nd December 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS VERY much a personal plea to our industry about what I see as the biggest...

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Polyethylene demand boom should not obscure focus on major changes in industry fundamentals
3rd December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT WASN’T supposed to be like this. We firstly had the unprecedented increases ...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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No change in China’s policies seem likely under a Biden and Harris White House
15th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE NEED to talk about politics without being political – a very difficult t...

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Vaccines, petrochemicals demand and a much more complex world
10th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE DIDN’T used to require expert knowledge of vaccines, epidemiology, political...

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Why China’s polyethylene imports could be either 22m tonnes or 3m tonnes in 2030
27th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are so many angles to this that, as with the potential outcomes of the US p...

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Debate about refinery closures, re-configurations a harmful distraction for the petrochemicals business
25th October 2020 by

In the second of a four-part series of blog posts that examines the paradigm shift confronting the p...

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