Pandemic’s third wave seems unlikely to damage global petrochemicals demand
22nd July 2021 by

By John Richardson THE GREATEST rock band of all time put it so well in Circumstances from the semin...

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The right analysis of China export data confirms moderate slowdown
18th July 2021 by

By John Richardson STATISTICS, if you do not look at them in the right way, can be very misleading. ...

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Southeast polyolefins demand growth could be negative again in 2021
13th July 2021 by

By John Richardson BEFORE the pandemic, GDP growth rates in the developing world were always higher ...

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China, China and China: the three global polyolefin market drivers during the rest of 2021
11th July 2021 by

By John Richardson TODAY’S SET OF slides, starting with the one above, underlines how a deep and c...

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As the drift towards a divided world continues, here are some climate change realities
8th July 2021 by

Note that, as always, the views expressed here are personal. Thank you. By John Richardson Executive...

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A deep dive into HDPE and PP: opportunities and challenges for H2 this year and 2022
6th July 2021 by

By John Richardson Executive summary China’s petrochemicals demand boomed in H2 because of the sur...

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China styrene demand faces annual decline while imports could fall by 38%
1st July 2021 by

By John Richardson SINCE FEBRUARY this year the ICIS petrochemical data has pointed to a significant...

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The multi-million dollar polymers opportunity: continued big regional price differentials
29th June 2021 by

By John Richardson POLYMER BUYERS outside northeast (NEA) and southeast Asia (SEA) have a big opport...

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More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises
27th June 2021 by

By John Richardson SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmenta...

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China PP demand could fall by 1m tonnes in 2021 but prospects for PE look better despite a weak January-May
24th June 2021 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart confirms that China’s economic slowdown, which began in January...

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