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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Sustained collapse in oil prices: Effect on petrochemicals and the global economy
9th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be a game of chicken designed to pull Russia back to the negotiating tab...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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Why coronavirus will be a much bigger deal for petrochemicals than SARS
2nd February 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORLD was very different in 2003 when SARS struck. Back then, China accounted...

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China 2020 polyethylene demand 4.1m tonnes lower on single-use plastics ban and coronavirus
27th January 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA was supposed to be the one polyethylene (PE) market we could all depend on ...

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China single-use plastic bans: Polyethylene imports 68m tonnes lower in 2020-2030
24th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE good news from a “business as usual” perspective is that China’...

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China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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Higher Asian ethylene and polyethylene prices do not mean we are past the bottom of the downcycle
15th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE RISE in Asian spot ethylene prices is being cited as evidence of better downs...

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Why President Trump, unlike with Iran, will find it harder to shift course on China
10th January 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views only and do not represent the views of ICIS. Thank you  ...

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