Focus of petchems business must be on meeting medical and food needs
5th April 2020 by

By John Richardson SEVERAL contacts have said to me over the last two weeks that increased medical a...

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Be very, very cautious about buying into the idea of a Q2 crude price rally
3rd April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS the unprecedented nature of the demand shock that’s the thing, regardless...

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China: temper your expectations of a H2 recovery for supply as well as demand reasons
29th March 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA IS gradually getting back to work, but only gradually because the governmen...

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Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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Vital work to maintain petrochemicals supply for essential services must continue
26th March 2020 by

By John Richardson INDUSTRY associations around the world are lobbying governments about the importa...

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Coronavirus: The new ten-point guide for the petrochemicals industry
20th March 2020 by

By John Richardson EARLIER THIS month I provided you with a ten-point guide for the impact of corona...

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Container freight shortages will lead to regional petrochemicals trade and supply shortages
17th March 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS excellent chart highlights the lingering effects of the coronavirus outbreak...

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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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Despite China returning to work, polyethylene growth prospects continue to decline
11th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE of the enduring false views out there is that China’s economy will entirely...

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Sustained collapse in oil prices: Effect on petrochemicals and the global economy
9th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be a game of chicken designed to pull Russia back to the negotiating tab...

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