The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
1st September 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
24th August 2020 by

  By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China...

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Why a new stimulus deal could be critical for US polyethylene demand
12th August 2020 by

By John Richardson GOVERNMENT stimulus is crucial for protecting polyethylene (PE) markets in the We...

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China moves closer to Iran as tensions with the US build: Implications for petrochemicals
3rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson Opinions and emotions and can shape how we interpret data, but, as we all know, o...

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China polyolefins market H1 review: so far so good, but beware of the risks ahead
31st July 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL looks fine in the polyolefins world. The Old Normal appears to have reasserte...

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Polyethylene market recovery could be threatened by slower China crude buying, weaker economic growth
30th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVEN by China’s standards, where just about every number is eye-wateringly larg...

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Why the polypropylene industry must switch from volumes to value
27th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVERYONE knows about the oversupply in the polyethylene (PE) market as it has bee...

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China consulate closure underlines long-term split with US, potential big shift in petchems trade flows
24th July 2020 by

By John Richardson A VIEW often expressed is that if Joe Biden wins the US presidential election in ...

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Iran and China new deal could hasten Belt & Road Initiative petrochemicals self-sufficiency
20th July 2020 by

By John Richardson ONCE AGAIN, please don’t say I didn’t tell you. A proposed new investment and...

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Resilience of global polyethylene demand jeopardised by stimulus withdrawals
15th July 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORD on the street – what market participants have said about the polyethyl...

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