China’s policy dilemma: raising local demand while protecting exports
13th September 2020 by

  By John Richardson IN THIS Western-centric world, a huge amount of ink is split over the cons...

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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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Ah, I see: China’s booming demand mystery a little closer to being solved
8th September 2020 by

  Note that all the data comparisons below are on a year-on-year basis By John Richardson THE P...

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The China polyester mystery continues in a world turned upside down
7th September 2020 by

By John Richardson SOMETHING very strange is happening in China’s polyester industry which has eno...

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China will struggle to boost local retail sales during rest of 2020 with export outlook uncertain
4th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IF IT were easy, then there would be an oversupply of owners of large yachts in M...

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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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Vaccine hopes versus reality and the implications for petrochemicals
16th August 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WONDERFUL poet, T.S. Eliot, wrote “humankind cannot bear very much reality...

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