Focus of petchems business must be on meeting medical and food needs
5th April 2020 by

By John Richardson SEVERAL contacts have said to me over the last two weeks that increased medical a...

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Be very, very cautious about buying into the idea of a Q2 crude price rally
3rd April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS the unprecedented nature of the demand shock that’s the thing, regardless...

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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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Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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Vital work to maintain petrochemicals supply for essential services must continue
26th March 2020 by

By John Richardson INDUSTRY associations around the world are lobbying governments about the importa...

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Coronavirus may take as much as two years to be brought under control
22nd March 2020 by

By John Richardson The only honest answer is that none of us know how events will turn out because o...

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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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Coronavirus: China ethylene glycols demand could fall by 1.2m tonnes as imports also diminish
4th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IN GEORGE ORWELL’S magnificent parody of communism, Animal Farm, he writes; ...

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Decline of 2.1m tonnes in 2020 global polypropylene demand now seems best possible outcome
2nd March 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERY DAY that goes by when China is not entirely back at work the economic damag...

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