China could be in complete polypropylene self-sufficiency by 2022
28th June 2020 by

By John Richardson SORRY to labour the point but this comes from a genuine concern for the readers o...

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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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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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Coronavirus, reshoring and the polyester industry: Good luck with that
27th May 2020 by

By John Richardson POLITICIANS, not just including the Populist variety, are talking a lot about res...

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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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Ways of dealing with COVID-19 don’t have to be rocket science
24th April 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS all about getting through the next 12 months with minimal damage whilst pre...

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China economy faces huge headwinds with negative full-year growth an inevitability
15th April 2020 by

By John Richardson FRIDAY 17 April is the day when we will get the official Chinese GDP figure for Q...

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China: temper your expectations of a H2 recovery for supply as well as demand reasons
29th March 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA IS gradually getting back to work, but only gradually because the governmen...

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Petrochemical feedstock purchasing managers: What to think about and what do next
27th March 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL THE old assumptions about how oil, feedstock and petrochemicals markets work ...

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