China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Vaccine hopes versus reality and the implications for petrochemicals
16th August 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WONDERFUL poet, T.S. Eliot, wrote “humankind cannot bear very much reality...

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Why a new stimulus deal could be critical for US polyethylene demand
11th August 2020 by

By John Richardson GOVERNMENT stimulus is crucial for protecting polyethylene (PE) markets in the We...

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Why a hard look at the data show China has not seen a V-shaped recovery
6th August 2020 by

          Note: All the data comparisons below are year-on-year By John Ric...

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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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Why the polypropylene industry must switch from volumes to value
26th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERYONE knows about the oversupply in the polyethylene (PE) market as it has bee...

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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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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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