Developing world polymers demand unlikely to see quick rebound
20th September 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS a tragedy in the genuine sense of the word, not just in the so-often misu...

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China’s policy dilemma: raising local demand while protecting exports
13th September 2020 by

  By John Richardson IN THIS Western-centric world, a huge amount of ink is split over the cons...

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China’s long-term ambition for paraxylene self-sufficiency seems close to being realised
21st June 2020 by

On Friday, I examined how China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports could fall to as little 8m tonne...

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Coronavirus will severely damage the developing world unless we take the right steps
12th June 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS a fantastic achievement. “Over the last 25 years, more than a billion peo...

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Coronavirus, impact on the developing world and the scale of demand losses
29th May 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL OF us are struggling to come to terms with a collapse in the global economy t...

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IMF confirms global economy all about China as US threat to growth persists
8th November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. An important new IMF study confirms what I’ve ...

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India must forget trying to follow China and should instead launch a Green New Deal
3rd November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T WORRY, I am told, India is on the way. As China undergoes major structura...

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US LLDPE imports and the impact on European petrochemicals
26th June 2019 by

  By John Richardson EUROPEAN linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets have yet to feel ...

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China’s dominant role in global PE demand just got even bigger
20th February 2019 by

By John Richardson WE WERE already living in an incredibly lopsided PE world even before last year...

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India’s pollution crisis threatens chemicals industry approach to growth
18th January 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ten most polluted cities in the world are all in Northern India. It is theref...

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