Why it is obvious few, in any, conventional steam crackers will start-up after 2030
7th February 2021 by

By John Richardson I SAID TO a contact earlier this week that it was remarkable that a senior execut...

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China petrochemicals overstocking likely substantial as Q1 slowdown risks increase
31st January 2021 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart on the left – showing average month-on-month percentage increas...

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China polyethylene imports set to remain strong in 2021 despite big local capacity growth
9th January 2021 by

By John Richardson IT WAS a tremendous year. China’s 2020 polyethylene (PE) demand growth over 201...

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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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China’s BRI will go from strength to strength, redrawing global petrochemicals map
20th December 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is alive and kicking and will, in my v...

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Assessing global PP prospects next year: seeing the simplicity through all the complexity
17th December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be very complicated and yet, as the chart above indicates, it might inst...

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Risks ahead for global polypropylene much greater than for polyethylene
15th December 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE SEEMS to be few risks ahead for the global polyethylene (PE) market over th...

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Sustainability, the pandemic, demographics and geopolitics – how petchem companies respond will define their success
1st December 2020 by

Just to stress again that this blog represents my personal views and not those if ICIS. By John Rich...

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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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