Chemical, resin plants may be hurricane-ready, but markets are not
29th June 2021 by

Forecasters of this year’s hurricane season expect above-normal activity, and so far that seems on...

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Fundamentals will matter to plastics markets again, and be careful when they do
18th May 2021 by

Supply tightness in key commodities such as chemicals, polymers, lumber and steel has been a major s...

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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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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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