China polyethylene imports could be 3m tonnes lower as economy seizes up
24th February 2020 by

By John Richardson IT IS TIME for crisis planning, I am afraid, as a result of the World Health Orga...

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Global polyethylene demand in 2020 at risk of 2.4m decline because of coronavirus
19th February 2020 by

By John Richardson I AM a bit confused this morning following some excitement about the Chinese deci...

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Coronavirus: Global polypropylene demand in 2020 could fall by 2.6m tonnes over last year
17th February 2020 by

By John Richardson SOME GOOD news might be that official Chinese state media announced that the numb...

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Coronavirus threatens 2.9m tonnes of China PP demand as uncertainties increase
14th February 2020 by

By John Richardson THE RUMOURS travelled around my contacts, and I am sure many of your contacts, fo...

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Coronavirus: Global polyolefins cutbacks seem inevitable on major China demand loss
5th February 2020 by

We all hope that the coronavirus outbreak will soon be brought under control, that’s the main ...

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Why coronavirus will be a much bigger deal for petrochemicals than SARS
2nd February 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORLD was very different in 2003 when SARS struck. Back then, China accounted...

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China 2020 polyethylene demand 4.1m tonnes lower on single-use plastics ban and coronavirus
27th January 2020 by

By John Richardson CHINA was supposed to be the one polyethylene (PE) market we could all depend on ...

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China single-use plastic bans: Polyethylene imports 68m tonnes lower in 2020-2030
24th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE good news from a “business as usual” perspective is that China’...

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China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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