New China pandemic outbreak China single-biggest risk for global petchems in 2021
14th January 2021 by

By John Richardson CHINA FACES another test of its pandemic control capabilities because of new outb...

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China polyethylene imports set to remain strong in 2021 despite big local capacity growth
9th January 2021 by

By John Richardson IT WAS a tremendous year. China’s 2020 polyethylene (PE) demand growth over 201...

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Collapsing battery costs point to ever-declining forecasts for oil demand
5th January 2021 by

By John Richardson THE END of the oil age is arriving. Sooner than many people think, demand for oil...

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China’s BRI will go from strength to strength, redrawing global petrochemicals map
20th December 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is alive and kicking and will, in my v...

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Risks ahead for global polypropylene much greater than for polyethylene
15th December 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE SEEMS to be few risks ahead for the global polyethylene (PE) market over th...

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Polyethylene demand boom should not obscure focus on major changes in industry fundamentals
3rd December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT WASN’T supposed to be like this. We firstly had the unprecedented increases ...

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Sustainability, the pandemic, demographics and geopolitics – how petchem companies respond will define their success
1st December 2020 by

Just to stress again that this blog represents my personal views and not those if ICIS. By John Rich...

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China polyethylene and ethlyene glycols in 2021: country-by-country outlook for exporters
26th November 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports could be at either 19.8m tonnes in 2021 or 16...

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China’s PE imports in 2021 could be as high as 19.8m tonnes or as low as 16.8m tonnes
24th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IN SCENARIO 3 in the above chart, China would import 16.8m tonnes of polyethylene...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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