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Sustainability to stop petchems from dominating oil growth…..

….and oil consumption into petchems might even decline because of the plastics rubbish crisis

By John Richardson

DONALD RUMSFELD famously categorised the future into “known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns”.

A new study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) …

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Rise in sustainable mobility on new social trends: Impact on PP

By John Richardson

ENVIRONMENTAL concerns over wasting the earth’s resources are one factor behind the rise of Uber and other ride-hailing services as a replacement for car ownership in cities.

But in heavily congested cities, large several-tonne lumps of metal …

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Why Trade War Will Continue Throughout 2019 And Impact On Polyethylene

By John Richardson

A MISCALCULATION by the White House could be one of several reasons why the US/China trade war continues throughout 2019 – and possibly even beyond that.

This is the idea that China is losing the trade war …

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Plastics Rubbish Crisis: How To Pick The Winning Polymer Producers

By John Richardson

IT IS FIVE years from now. You are rich because you live in the developed world. It is first thing in the morning. You take your rubbish (or trash as the Americans say) into you backyard and …

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US Risks Losing Access To 82% Of Global PE Consumption Growth, 80% Of Exports

By John Richardson

PERHAPS this week’s low-level trade talks between the US and China shouldn’t only be judged on the basis that they are low level, involving officials of mid-level seniority who are therefore not empowered to achieve major breakthroughs.…

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China Urbanisation Policies Threaten 7m Tonnes Of PE Consumption

By John Richardson

CONTINUED urbanisation in China, it is often said by petrochemicals and polymer company CEOs, guarantees further strong demand growth for their products.

But just because a statement is repeated on many occasions by very senior people during …

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China Scrap Plastic Restrictions Create 111 Million Tonne Problem, Opportunity

By John Richardson

FOR so many years, developed countries were able to limit the extent to which they had to incinerate, landfill and properly recycle plastic waste by shipping the waste to developing countries, mainly to China.

A Science Advances …

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Prepare For A More Regionalised, Fragmented Polymers World

By John Richardson

THE above map global shows our base-case forecasts for global trade flows of HDPE, LLDPE and PP in 2025. It is the result of lots of hard work and smart thinking around feedstock costs, logistics costs and …

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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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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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