Polyethylene market recovery could be threatened by slower China crude buying, weaker economic growth
28th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVEN by China’s standards, where just about every number is eye-wateringly larg...

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Why the polypropylene industry must switch from volumes to value
26th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERYONE knows about the oversupply in the polyethylene (PE) market as it has bee...

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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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Resilience of global polyethylene demand jeopardised by stimulus withdrawals
15th July 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORD on the street – what market participants have said about the polyethyl...

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Global polyethylene oversupply, the highest in 19 years, hasn’t gone away
3rd July 2020 by

By John Richardson BRENT crude futures surged by 80% during the second quarter and enjoyed their bes...

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Asian polyethylene price recovery faces multiple challenges
25th June 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are reports of significant cuts in Middle East polyethylene (PE) operating ...

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Paraxylene demand collapses as higher China production threatens 6m tonne fall in imports
15th June 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you that a decline in stock markets would happen. The...

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Why the EU could become polyethylene self-sufficient in the post-pandemic world
8th June 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE OF the many unknowns about the post-pandemic world is the extent to which the...

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Polyethylene producers must avoid repeating the mistakes of Q1
5th June 2020 by

By John Richardson AFTER a very challenging first quarter, nobody wants to make further write-downs ...

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China’s PP production growth could lead to big declines in 2020 imports
1st June 2020 by

By John Richardson PLEASE DON’T say I didn’t warn you. China is rapidly moving towards polypropy...

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