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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China polyethylene imports could be 3m tonnes lower as economy seizes up
24th February 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS TIME for crisis planning, I am afraid, as a result of the World Health Orga...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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China single-use plastic bans: Polyethylene imports 68m tonnes lower in 2020-2030
24th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE good news from a “business as usual” perspective is that China’...

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China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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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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China benzene and its derivatives could see negative growth in 2019
20th December 2019 by

        By John Richardson NOW let’s put this all together. My LinkedIn post o...

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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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Global polyethylene in 2020: Margins will reach historic lows as new growth model emerges
8th December 2019 by

Here is a first of a series of outlook articles for 2020 where I focus on the risks ahead for the gl...

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