Petrochemicals and autos: the last 50 years provide little guide to the future
27th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been an amazingly half a century of innovation for the petrochemicals indu...

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Rate of recovery hugely reliant on effectiveness of government policies
24th September 2020 by

By John Richardson UNLESS MORE action is taken by developed countries to help counter the impact of ...

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Ah, I see: China’s booming demand mystery a little closer to being solved
8th September 2020 by

  Note that all the data comparisons below are on a year-on-year basis By John Richardson THE P...

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China will struggle to boost local retail sales during rest of 2020 with export outlook uncertain
4th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IF IT were easy, then there would be an oversupply of owners of large yachts in M...

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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’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Why history might not even rhyme next year if economic recovery fails to arrive
19th August 2020 by

By John Richardson WE were very lucky in 2010, as the above chart illustrates. Global demand for pol...

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Why a new stimulus deal could be critical for US polyethylene demand
11th August 2020 by

By John Richardson GOVERNMENT stimulus is crucial for protecting polyethylene (PE) markets in the We...

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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 consulate closure underlines long-term split with US, potential big shift in petchems trade flows
23rd July 2020 by

The views in this blog post are, as always, my personal views and do not reflect the views of ICIS. ...

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