Plastic rubbish: the pandemic is increasing rather than reducing the pressure for change
18th October 2020 by

This is the first of a series of blog posts where I will examine the environmental paradigm shift an...

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Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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European petrochemicals at risk of delayed demand collapse as new business model emerges
6th October 2020 by

By John Richardson AS DELEGATES take part in this year’s virtual annual European Petrochemical Ass...

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US polyethylene: resilient demand could be at risk from delay to new stimulus
4th October 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS REMAINS a mystery that needs to be solved: why US polyethylene (PE) markets ...

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China petrochemicals demand boom remains heavily reliant on finished goods exports
1st October 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE will be a lot of official data released about booming consumer spending dur...

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Rate of recovery hugely reliant on effectiveness of government policies
24th September 2020 by

By John Richardson UNLESS MORE action is taken by developed countries to help counter the impact of ...

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China bans on single-use plastics move forward with major recycling investments likely
22nd September 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS EVENT slipped under most people’s radar in the midst of the pandemic crisi...

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Developing world polymers demand unlikely to see quick rebound
20th September 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS a tragedy in the genuine sense of the word, not just in the so-often misu...

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China’s polyethylene demand good so far in 2020 but beware of risks ahead
10th September 2020 by

Note that all the comparisons in this post are on a year-on-year basis unless otherwise stated By Jo...

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The China polyester mystery continues in a world turned upside down
7th September 2020 by

By John Richardson SOMETHING very strange is happening in China’s polyester industry which has eno...

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