A deep dive into HDPE and PP: opportunities and challenges for H2 this year and 2022
6th July 2021 by

By John Richardson Executive summary China’s petrochemicals demand boomed in H2 because of the sur...

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China styrene demand faces annual decline while imports could fall by 38%
1st July 2021 by

By John Richardson SINCE FEBRUARY this year the ICIS petrochemical data has pointed to a significant...

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The multi-million dollar polymers opportunity: continued big regional price differentials
29th June 2021 by

By John Richardson POLYMER BUYERS outside northeast (NEA) and southeast Asia (SEA) have a big opport...

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More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises
27th June 2021 by

By John Richardson SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmenta...

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China PP demand could fall by 1m tonnes in 2021 but prospects for PE look better despite a weak January-May
24th June 2021 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart confirms that China’s economic slowdown, which began in January...

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The climate challenge can only be met if there is a global price on carbon
22nd June 2021 by

By John Richardson DEVELOPED WORLD oil and gas majors who faced rising investor pressure on greenhou...

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Container freight crisis requires new approaches to cash in on strong underlying demand
20th June 2021 by

  By John Richardson I MADE THE argument last Thursday that until or unless the world is fully ...

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Container freight crisis could continue until or unless the developing world is fully vaccinated
17th June 2021 by

By John Richardson IF YOU WANT to understand when container-freight chaos will fully come to an end,...

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Global polyethylene demand boom likely, increasing the sustainability challenge
15th June 2021 by

By John Richardson IT FEELS LIKE several lifetimes ago. If you recall, way back in November-December...

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The pandemic, climate change, plastic waste and the great divide: the world in 2025
13th June 2021 by

By John Richardson NOBODY SHOULD be surprised that the developing world has fallen behind in the bat...

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