Coronavirus: No recovery in petrochemicals likely until end-2020 and here are ten reasons why
6th March 2020 by

By John Richardson HERE IS your print-out-and-keep 10-point guide, summarising the key themes I’ve...

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Coronavirus: China ethylene glycols demand could fall by 1.2m tonnes as imports also diminish
4th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IN GEORGE ORWELL’S magnificent parody of communism, Animal Farm, he writes; ...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 could fall by 3.3m tonnes, cost curve analysis turned on its head
28th February 2020 by

By John Richardson NOTHING that’s happened over the last few days that should surprise anyone who ...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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China 2020 polyethylene demand 4.1m tonnes lower on single-use plastics ban and coronavirus
27th January 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA was supposed to be the one polyethylene (PE) market we could all depend on ...

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China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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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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US and Iran conflict in a world of declining growth and fragile supply chains
8th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THINK of the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and multiply its impact on global supply ...

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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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Asian polypropylene market heads for major 2020 downturn
2nd December 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ASIAN polypropylene (PP) market hasn’t been as bad as the region’s polyet...

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