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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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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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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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