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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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China Innovation Success Versus Failure: Electric Vehicles As Case Study

By John Richardson

WHAT is the best route to innovation? Pure capitalism with a minimum amount of state interference or state-led investment programmes?

The answer is likely to of course vary sector by sector. In some industrial sectors, the capitalist …

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China Overlooked Lending Data Down 64% As Economic Slowdown Continues

By John Richardson

FAR too little attention is still being paid to China’s lending data even though this has long been the key measure of whether its economy is accelerating or slowing down.

In January 2014, lending in China started …

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Polyethylene Margins Face Collapse On Overcapacity

By John Richardson

THE consensus view is that whilst global polyethylene (PE) margins have further to fall from their levels so far in 2018 (see the above chart), they will not get that much worse. It is thought that the …

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US-China Trade Dispute: Pause For Breath Does Not Mean End In Sight

By John Richardson

Confused? You might well be if you’ve read the news reports following the US-China trade meeting in Washington last week.

The immediate threat of a trade war looks as if it has been averted. China’s top envoy …

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How Europe Can Move To Polyolefins Self-Sufficiency

By John Richardson

THE CONSENSUS assumption is that Europe will remain a major importer of polyolefins for the foreseeable future. Lack of feedstock advantage is said to be a reason why rising deficits will not be met by local production.…

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China Emerges As Winner In New Multipolar World

By John Richardson

TODAY’S headline should be written on your petrochemicals company boardroom wall, in several inch-high capital letters, and should then be used as the basis for a deep discussion about the consequences of this outcome for your business. …

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