China polyethylene imports set to remain strong in 2021 despite big local capacity growth
9th January 2021 by

By John Richardson IT WAS a tremendous year. China’s 2020 polyethylene (PE) demand growth over 201...

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Sustainability means reducing carbon emissions as well as plastic waste
22nd December 2020 by

By John Richardson THIS IS VERY much a personal plea to our industry about what I see as the biggest...

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Assessing global PP prospects next year: seeing the simplicity through all the complexity
17th December 2020 by

By John Richardson IT COULD be very complicated and yet, as the chart above indicates, it might inst...

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Risks ahead for global polypropylene much greater than for polyethylene
15th December 2020 by

By John Richardson THERE SEEMS to be few risks ahead for the global polyethylene (PE) market over th...

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Sustainability, the pandemic, demographics and geopolitics – how petchem companies respond will define their success
1st December 2020 by

Just to stress again that this blog represents my personal views and not those if ICIS. By John Rich...

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Exporters of PP and SM to China seem to have options other than shutdowns, but not PX exporters
29th November 2020 by

By John Richardson DIFFICULT choices lie ahead for exporters of polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer ...

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China polyethylene and ethlyene glycols in 2021: country-by-country outlook for exporters
26th November 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports could be at either 19.8m tonnes in 2021 or 16...

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China may next year import 66% less PP from South Korea than in 2020, 72% less styrene from Saudi Arabia
22nd November 2020 by

By John Richardson All the numbers that follow are my estimates only and are not the official ICIS n...

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China’s planned economy boosts global petchems this year but poses a self-sufficiency threat in 2021
19th November 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS always useful to develop a good plan and then effectively implement the pla...

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Why history, culture and politics will give you the petrochemicals answers you need
17th November 2020 by

By John Richardson ALBERT EINSTEIN knew a thing or two about data, including searching for entirely ...

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