China’s policy dilemma: raising local demand while protecting exports
13th September 2020 by

  By John Richardson IN THIS Western-centric world, a huge amount of ink is split over the cons...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
30th August 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China moves closer to Iran as tensions with the US build: Implications for petrochemicals
2nd August 2020 by

By John Richardson Opinions and emotions and can shape how we interpret data, but, as we all know, o...

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China could be in complete polypropylene self-sufficiency by 2022
28th June 2020 by

By John Richardson SORRY to labour the point but this comes from a genuine concern for the readers o...

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Coronavirus, reshoring and the polyester industry: Good luck with that
27th May 2020 by

By John Richardson POLITICIANS, not just including the Populist variety, are talking a lot about res...

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Coronavirus may have made China province-level petchems data even more important
4th May 2020 by

By  John Richardson WHEN THE coronavirus crisis first hit China most of the focus was of course on ...

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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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