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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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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Sustained collapse in oil prices: Effect on petrochemicals and the global economy
9th March 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be a game of chicken designed to pull Russia back to the negotiating tab...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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US/China trade deal achieves little as China pushes hard towards petrochemicals self-sufficiency
16th December 2019 by

By John Richardson PRESIDENT Trump has promised a “tremendous amount of business” for US farmers...

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The global polyethylene paradigm shift of permanently weaker demand
15th November 2019 by

By John Richardson MALCOLM GLADWELL, in his very thought provoking book The Outliers, writes about w...

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China’s polyethylene indigestion persists as margins point to major downturn
30th October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYETHYLENE (PE) market continues to display signs of chronic indigest...

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US ethylene glycols: Diversifying away from China may prove impossible
23rd October 2019 by

By John Richardson US BUSINESSES are making arrangements to diversify their supply chains away from ...

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China PE overstocking rises to more than 1m tonnes as exporters continue to flood the market
1st October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA is heading for another good year of PE demand growth with estimates from se...

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