If Strait of Hormuz closed down: Effect on petrochemicals exports
27th September 2019 by

By John Richardson NEITHER SIDE seems to want a war but at febrile times like this miscalculations c...

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US petrochemicals export exposure grows at the wrong time in history
25th September 2019 by

As always, the views in this blog post are my own and do not reflect the views of ICIS. Thank you By...

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Risk of stagflation and recession from drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
17th September 2019 by

By John Richardson ANY major change in US government foreign policy always carries major risks becau...

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Global PP demand could be 81.5m tonnes less than forecast in 2019-2028 as China Debt Supercycle ends
5th September 2019 by

By John Richardson SOME PEOPLE argue that despite the rapid rise in Chinese consumer debt over the l...

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China economic stimulus and PP: How global demand could have been 71m tonnes smaller
4th September 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA came to the rescue of the global economy in 2009. This wasn’t for altruis...

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Hong Kong an example of rising political risk and the end of easy growth
2nd September 2019 by

This blog expresses my opinions and not those of ICIS By John Ricuardson THE UNREST in Hong Kong wor...

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China imposes trade-war tariffs in US LDPE and raises tariffs on HDPE and LLDPE
27th August 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. As I predicted, China has levied trade-war tarif...

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President Trump’s “better off without China” tweet not supported by the data
24th August 2019 by

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

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How sustainability will upend the petrochemicals cost curve, creating new winners and losers
23rd August 2019 by

By John Richardson THE FUTURE I described on Wednesday, of declining petrochemicals and polymers dem...

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How the Millennials and “less is more” are destroying petrochemicals demand
20th August 2019 by

By John Richardson WE HAVE gone beyond the point of no return because of a major societal shift. Mil...

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