China moves closer to Iran as tensions with the US build: Implications for petrochemicals
2nd August 2020 by

By John Richardson Opinions and emotions and can shape how we interpret data, but, as we all know, o...

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China polyolefins market H1 review: so far so good, but beware of the risks ahead
30th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL looks fine in the polyolefins world. The Old Normal appears to have reasserte...

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Polyethylene market recovery could be threatened by slower China crude buying, weaker economic growth
28th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVEN by China’s standards, where just about every number is eye-wateringly larg...

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China consulate closure underlines long-term split with US, potential big shift in petchems trade flows
23rd July 2020 by

The views in this blog post are, as always, my personal views and do not reflect the views of ICIS. ...

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China’s real GDP could have been negative in Q2: What this may mean for PP
22nd July 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S official GDP growth of 3.2% for Q2, which was announced last week, may ...

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Iran and China new deal could hasten Belt & Road Initiative petrochemicals self-sufficiency
19th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ONCE AGAIN, please don’t say I didn’t tell you. A proposed new investment and...

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China paraxylene imports head for bigger declines as excess industrial production appears to boost GDP
17th July 2020 by

By John Richardson SOME PEOPLE see the 9.9% year-on-year rise in China’s crude oil imports in Janu...

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Global polyethylene oversupply, the highest in 19 years, hasn’t gone away
3rd July 2020 by

By John Richardson BRENT crude futures surged by 80% during the second quarter and enjoyed their bes...

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Asian polyethylene price recovery faces multiple challenges
25th June 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are reports of significant cuts in Middle East polyethylene (PE) operating ...

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China’s big declines in 2020 PX and PP imports: the impact on its major trading partners
18th June 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S refineries and petrochemicals plants came roaring back to almost fu...

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