China could be in complete polypropylene self-sufficiency by 2022
28th June 2020 by

By John Richardson SORRY to labour the point but this comes from a genuine concern for the readers o...

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Polyethylene producers must avoid repeating the mistakes of Q1
5th June 2020 by

By John Richardson AFTER a very challenging first quarter, nobody wants to make further write-downs ...

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Why Asia may win and the US lose in post-virus petchems investment world
6th May 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richardson ...

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Big declines in Chinese polyethylene imports, a global recession and a financial crisis
13th March 2020 by

By John Richardson YOU MIGHT be hoping that sanity will be restored after the “most expensive spee...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 could fall by 3.3m tonnes, cost curve analysis turned on its head
28th February 2020 by

By John Richardson NOTHING that’s happened over the last few days that should surprise anyone who ...

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Global PVC demand could fall by 1.1m tonnes as coronavirus crisis becomes global
26th February 2020 by

By John Richardson YOU CANNOT stimulate economic activity when factories and offices need to be shut...

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China polyethylene imports could be 3m tonnes lower as economy seizes up
24th February 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS TIME for crisis planning, I am afraid, as a result of the World Health Orga...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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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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