China’s economic dominance carries many short and long-term risks for petrochemicals
19th January 2021 by

By John Richardson JUST 5% of US companies with revenues of more than $500m plan to relocate operati...

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China polyethylene imports set to remain strong in 2021 despite big local capacity growth
9th January 2021 by

By John Richardson IT WAS a tremendous year. China’s 2020 polyethylene (PE) demand growth over 201...

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Sustainability means reducing carbon emissions as well as plastic waste
22nd December 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS VERY much a personal plea to our industry about what I see as the biggest...

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China’s BRI will go from strength to strength, redrawing global petrochemicals map
20th December 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is alive and kicking and will, in my v...

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Assessing global PP prospects next year: seeing the simplicity through all the complexity
17th December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be very complicated and yet, as the chart above indicates, it might inst...

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Sustainability, the pandemic, demographics and geopolitics – how petchem companies respond will define their success
1st December 2020 by

Just to stress again that this blog represents my personal views and not those if ICIS. By John Rich...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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China’s planned economy boosts global petchems this year but poses a self-sufficiency threat in 2021
19th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS always useful to develop a good plan and then effectively implement the pla...

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Politics and petrochemicals: Fifth Plenum review and the US elections
5th November 2020 by

By John Richardson The rather dull and very short formal government communique that was released aft...

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