New China pandemic outbreak China single-biggest risk for global petchems in 2021
14th January 2021 by

By John Richardson CHINA FACES another test of its pandemic control capabilities because of new outb...

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China’s BRI will go from strength to strength, redrawing global petrochemicals map
20th December 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is alive and kicking and will, in my v...

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Polyethylene demand boom should not obscure focus on major changes in industry fundamentals
3rd December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT WASN’T supposed to be like this. We firstly had the unprecedented increases ...

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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 may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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China’s planned economy boosts global petchems this year but poses a self-sufficiency threat in 2021
19th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS always useful to develop a good plan and then effectively implement the pla...

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No change in China’s policies seem likely under a Biden and Harris White House
15th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE NEED to talk about politics without being political – a very difficult t...

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China petrochemicals rebound provides major global demand boost
12th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WOW yet again. China’s export-led economic recovery continues to support global...

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Vaccines, petrochemicals demand and a much more complex world
10th November 2020 by

By John Richardson WE DIDN’T used to require expert knowledge of vaccines, epidemiology, political...

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Politics and petrochemicals: Fifth Plenum review and the US elections
5th November 2020 by

By John Richardson The rather dull and very short formal government communique that was released aft...

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