China paraxylene and ethylene glycols apparent demand booms as real demand remains weak
13th August 2020 by

              All the numbers below are comparisons on a year-on-...

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China moves closer to Iran as tensions with the US build: Implications for petrochemicals
2nd August 2020 by

By John Richardson Opinions and emotions and can shape how we interpret data, but, as we all know, o...

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China consulate closure underlines long-term split with US, potential big shift in petchems trade flows
23rd July 2020 by

The views in this blog post are, as always, my personal views and do not reflect the views of ICIS. ...

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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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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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Further polyethylene rate cuts seem inevitable with no certainty on who will blink first
18th May 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS NOT just a razor-like focus on petrochemicals demand that will get you thro...

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Why Asia may win and the US lose in post-virus petchems investment world
6th May 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richardson ...

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Coronavirus may have made China province-level petchems data even more important
4th May 2020 by

By  John Richardson WHEN THE coronavirus crisis first hit China most of the focus was of course on ...

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Post-coronavirus world: How China could end up in a stronger position
26th April 2020 by

These are, always, my views only and not the views of ICIS Here is another of attempt at long-term c...

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After COVID-19: How US petrochemicals could become the laggard
8th April 2020 by

The big oil, gas and petrochemicals companies have already started planning for how the world will l...

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