Demographics are reshaping petrochemicals trade flows, investment patterns and demand
23rd May 2021 by

  By John Richardson TEN YEARS AGO, fellow blogger Paul Hodges and I  first highlighted the le...

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China’s data gaps mean we must plan for multiple petchems demand, import outcomes
16th March 2021 by

By John Richardson WE ARE STILL waiting for detailed data on China’s petrochemicals and polymers i...

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China’s critical 2021 “two sessions” highlight major economic challenges ahead
14th March 2021 by

By John Richardson IT CONTINUES to surprise and disappoint me how every minutiae of the recent US pe...

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China’s “two sessions” in 2021 could easily set the direction of global petchems for decades to come
7th March 2021 by

By John Richardson DO YOU have a dedicated team studying the policy outcomes from this year’s meet...

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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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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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China’s planned economy boosts global petchems this year but poses a self-sufficiency threat in 2021
19th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS always useful to develop a good plan and then effectively implement the pla...

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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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Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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