Further polyethylene rate cuts seem inevitable with no certainty on who will blink first
18th May 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS NOT just a razor-like focus on petrochemicals demand that will get you thro...

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Why Asia may win and the US lose in post-virus petchems investment world
6th May 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richardson ...

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Ways of dealing with COVID-19 don’t have to be rocket science
24th April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS all about getting through the next 12 months with minimal damage whilst pre...

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Modest rebound in oil prices on output cut reflects unprecedented scale of demand loss
13th April 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t warn you. It has been clear since early April that no amou...

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After COVID-19: How US petrochemicals could become the laggard
8th April 2020 by

The big oil, gas and petrochemicals companies have already started planning for how the world will l...

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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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