China’s shift towards styrene self-sufficiency adds to pressure for new petrochemicals business model
9th August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS dead simple, apparently. All you have to do is find alternative geographica...

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China polyolefins market H1 review: so far so good, but beware of the risks ahead
30th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL looks fine in the polyolefins world. The Old Normal appears to have reasserte...

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Polyethylene market recovery could be threatened by slower China crude buying, weaker economic growth
28th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVEN by China’s standards, where just about every number is eye-wateringly larg...

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Why the polypropylene industry must switch from volumes to value
26th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERYONE knows about the oversupply in the polyethylene (PE) market as it has bee...

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China consulate closure underlines long-term split with US, potential big shift in petchems trade flows
23rd July 2020 by

The views in this blog post are, as always, my personal views and do not reflect the views of ICIS. ...

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China’s real GDP could have been negative in Q2: What this may mean for PP
22nd July 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S official GDP growth of 3.2% for Q2, which was announced last week, may ...

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Iran and China new deal could hasten Belt & Road Initiative petrochemicals self-sufficiency
19th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ONCE AGAIN, please don’t say I didn’t tell you. A proposed new investment and...

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China’s long-term ambition for paraxylene self-sufficiency seems close to being realised
21st June 2020 by

On Friday, I examined how China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports could fall to as little 8m tonne...

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Paraxylene demand collapses as higher China production threatens 6m tonne fall in imports
15th June 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you that a decline in stock markets would happen. The...

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Why the EU could become polyethylene self-sufficient in the post-pandemic world
8th June 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE OF the many unknowns about the post-pandemic world is the extent to which the...

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