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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Plastic rubbish: the pandemic is increasing rather than reducing the pressure for change
18th October 2020 by

This is the first of a series of blog posts where I will examine the environmental paradigm shift an...

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Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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Rate of recovery hugely reliant on effectiveness of government policies
24th September 2020 by

By John Richardson UNLESS MORE action is taken by developed countries to help counter the impact of ...

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Developing world polymers demand unlikely to see quick rebound
20th September 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS a tragedy in the genuine sense of the word, not just in the so-often misu...

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China’s polyethylene demand good so far in 2020 but beware of risks ahead
10th September 2020 by

Note that all the comparisons in this post are on a year-on-year basis unless otherwise stated By Jo...

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Pandemic and the developing world: No quick and easy solutions
1st September 2020 by

By John Richardson POVERTY alleviation in low-income developing countries could be set back a decade...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
30th August 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Why history might not even rhyme next year if economic recovery fails to arrive
19th August 2020 by

By John Richardson WE were very lucky in 2010, as the above chart illustrates. Global demand for pol...

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