Container freight shortages will lead to regional petrochemicals trade and supply shortages
17th March 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS excellent chart highlights the lingering effects of the coronavirus outbreak...

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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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Despite China returning to work, polyethylene growth prospects continue to decline
11th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE of the enduring false views out there is that China’s economy will entirely...

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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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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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Asian PE and PP margins at lowest levels in at least five years and will go lower……
4th December 2019 by

By John Richardson NOT since at least the beginning of 2014 have Northeast and Southeast Asian polye...

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Environmental taxes on US polyethylene shipments to the EU seem inevitable
17th November 2019 by

By John Richardson IT ALL seemed to make perfect sense at the time. Feedstock and financing were inc...

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The global polyethylene paradigm shift of permanently weaker demand
15th November 2019 by

By John Richardson MALCOLM GLADWELL, in his very thought provoking book The Outliers, writes about w...

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China’s polyethylene indigestion persists as margins point to major downturn
30th October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYETHYLENE (PE) market continues to display signs of chronic indigest...

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China PE overstocking rises to more than 1m tonnes as exporters continue to flood the market
1st October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA is heading for another good year of PE demand growth with estimates from se...

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