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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Iran and China new deal could hasten Belt & Road Initiative petrochemicals self-sufficiency
19th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ONCE AGAIN, please don’t say I didn’t tell you. A proposed new investment and...

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Resilience of global polyethylene demand jeopardised by stimulus withdrawals
15th July 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORD on the street – what market participants have said about the polyethyl...

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Asian polyethylene price recovery faces multiple challenges
25th June 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE are reports of significant cuts in Middle East polyethylene (PE) operating ...

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China’s long-term ambition for paraxylene self-sufficiency seems close to being realised
21st June 2020 by

On Friday, I examined how China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports could fall to as little 8m tonne...

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China’s big declines in 2020 PX and PP imports: the impact on its major trading partners
18th June 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S refineries and petrochemicals plants came roaring back to almost fu...

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Paraxylene demand collapses as higher China production threatens 6m tonne fall in imports
15th June 2020 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you that a decline in stock markets would happen. The...

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Coronavirus will severely damage the developing world unless we take the right steps
12th June 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS a fantastic achievement. “Over the last 25 years, more than a billion peo...

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Why the EU could become polyethylene self-sufficient in the post-pandemic world
8th June 2020 by

By John Richardson ONE OF the many unknowns about the post-pandemic world is the extent to which the...

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Polyethylene producers must avoid repeating the mistakes of Q1
5th June 2020 by

By John Richardson AFTER a very challenging first quarter, nobody wants to make further write-downs ...

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