Demographics are reshaping petrochemicals trade flows, investment patterns and demand
23rd May 2021 by

  By John Richardson TEN YEARS AGO, fellow blogger Paul Hodges and I  first highlighted the le...

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China’s environmental policies: scenarios essential for impact on local and global petrochemicals
25th March 2021 by

By John Richardson WE MUST develop very nuanced, broad ranging and constantly updated scenarios abou...

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China’s critical 2021 “two sessions” highlight major economic challenges ahead
14th March 2021 by

By John Richardson IT CONTINUES to surprise and disappoint me how every minutiae of the recent US pe...

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Petrochemical companies must invest more in new methods of assessing demand
17th January 2021 by

By John Richardson INVESTORS must look beyond measures of GDP growth if they are going to understand...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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China’s booming polypropylene demand in 2020 and what could happen next year
9th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT has been a year that just about nobody in the Asian polypropylene (PP) industr...

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Petrochemicals and autos: the last 50 years provide little guide to the future
27th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been an amazingly half a century of innovation for the petrochemicals indu...

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China could be in complete polypropylene self-sufficiency by 2022
28th June 2020 by

By John Richardson SORRY to labour the point but this comes from a genuine concern for the readers o...

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China: temper your expectations of a H2 recovery for supply as well as demand reasons
29th March 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA IS gradually getting back to work, but only gradually because the governmen...

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Iran and the US: Assessing the risks for petrochemicals and the global economy
6th January 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views only and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richar...

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