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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China petrochemical inventories build on what could be false hopes of a V-shaped rebound
19th May 2020 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS storage space in China fills up on the hope that the country ca...

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What petrochemical companies must do to adapt to a smaller coronavirus economy
15th May 2020 by

By John Richardson PETROCHEMICAL companies can adapt to the coronavirus New Normal by running their ...

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Coronavirus and the way forward: Forecasting micro surges in petrochemicals demand
11th May 2020 by

By John Richardson THE MONTH of May is normally a low season for toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) demand ...

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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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Coronavirus may have made China province-level petchems data even more important
4th May 2020 by

By  John Richardson WHEN THE coronavirus crisis first hit China most of the focus was of course on ...

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Why the long term price of oil could be lower than many people expect
17th April 2020 by

By John Richardson I HAVE LONG been intrigued by the theory in quantum physics that electrons behave...

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