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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Polyethylene demand boom should not obscure focus on major changes in industry fundamentals
3rd December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT WASN’T supposed to be like this. We firstly had the unprecedented increases ...

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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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China polyethylene and ethlyene glycols in 2021: country-by-country outlook for exporters
26th November 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports could be at either 19.8m tonnes in 2021 or 16...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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No change in China’s policies seem likely under a Biden and Harris White House
15th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE NEED to talk about politics without being political – a very difficult t...

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Why China’s polyethylene imports could be either 22m tonnes or 3m tonnes in 2030
27th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are so many angles to this that, as with the potential outcomes of the US 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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