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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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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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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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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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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Decline of 2.1m tonnes in 2020 global polypropylene demand now seems best possible outcome
2nd March 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERY DAY that goes by when China is not entirely back at work the economic damag...

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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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China polyethylene imports could be 3m tonnes lower as economy seizes up
24th February 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS TIME for crisis planning, I am afraid, as a result of the World Health Orga...

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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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