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China Holds Most Of The Good Cards In Trade War With US

By John Richardson

THE BREAKOUT of formal trade hostilities between China and the US, after more than a year of a “war of words” between the two countries, has occurred shortly after the EU responded to the US aluminium and …

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China to impose tariffs on PE, propane, PVC as global trade war begins

By John Richardson

IT HAS happened. Don’t say you weren’t told, as I have been warning you to prepare for this since President Trump became president. The president’s decision to impose $50bn worth of tariffs on US imports from China …

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China Polyethylene Strong Q1 Growth Doesn’t Reflect Risks Ahead

By John Richardson

CHINA’S Q1 2018 polypropylene (PP) imports were down by 20% year-on-year as apparent demand (net imports plus local production) rose by just 1% on the steep fall in the availability of lending. Meanwhile, overall polyethylene (PE) imports …

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Why China Will Rapidly Become Paraxylene Self-Sufficient

By John Richardson

WOW, what an opportunity. That might be your reaction to the two above charts. On the left, you can see a quite breath taking rise in China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports (imports minus exports). In 2007, China’s …

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G7 Meeting And The Risks For US Polyethylene Producers

By John Richardson

IN All the noise, confusion and economic anxiety following last weekend’s very acrimonious G7 meeting in Canada, you might have failed to notice one very significant detail for the polymers industry.

This was the refusal by the …

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Plastic Waste Crisis Will Reverse Petchems Globalisation

By John Richardson

IT IS hardly surprising that a hot topic of discussion amongst chemical company CEOS gathered for the American Chemistry Council’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs, the US, was the threat of trade wars.

As I have long …

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Petchems Markets To Become Entirely Regional As Trade Barriers Increase

By John Richardson

WHEN Donald Trump held election rallies during 2016, the amount of anger directed at mainstream Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton was, as everyone knows, intense. She represented the kind of mainstream politician that many of those who …

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As Global Trade War Moves Closer, Impact On Petchems In 2018-2019

By John Richardson

IT USED to be the case that one week was a long time in politics, but now, because of policy conducted via Twitter and other forms of social media, five minutes seems to be a long time …

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China Plastics Recycling To Lead The World As Virgin Resin Demand Declines

By John Richardson

IT just isn’t logical. There is a lot of excitement in polyethylene (PE) markets about how China’s heavy restrictions on imports of scrap plastic will deliver a permanent boost to imports of virgin PE resins.

But plastic …

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