Retreat of globalisation and implications for petrochemicals
15th October 2020 by

By John Richardson EVER SINCE the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the last great geopolitical struggle...

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Petrochemicals and autos: the last 50 years provide little guide to the future
27th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been an amazingly half a century of innovation for the petrochemicals indu...

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China’s policy dilemma: raising local demand while protecting exports
13th September 2020 by

  By John Richardson IN THIS Western-centric world, a huge amount of ink is split over the cons...

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China will struggle to boost local retail sales during rest of 2020 with export outlook uncertain
4th September 2020 by

By John Richardson IF IT were easy, then there would be an oversupply of owners of large yachts in M...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
30th August 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
23rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China’s petr...

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Why history might not even rhyme next year if economic recovery fails to arrive
19th August 2020 by

By John Richardson WE were very lucky in 2010, as the above chart illustrates. Global demand for pol...

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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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