Why the EU could become polyethylene self-sufficient in the post-pandemic world
8th June 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE OF the many unknowns about the post-pandemic world is the extent to which the...

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China economy faces huge headwinds with negative full-year growth an inevitability
15th April 2020 by

By John Richardson FRIDAY 17 April is the day when we will get the official Chinese GDP figure for Q...

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After COVID-19: How US petrochemicals could become the laggard
8th April 2020 by

The big oil, gas and petrochemicals companies have already started planning for how the world will l...

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Coronavirus: Global polyester chain faces major production cuts, shortages and cost increases
7th February 2020 by

By John Richardson A GREAT example of the extent to which global supply chains are exposed to China ...

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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’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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Why President Trump, unlike with Iran, will find it harder to shift course on China
10th January 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views only and do not represent the views of ICIS. Thank you  ...

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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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