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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Pandemic creating baby booms and busts – and challenges for the supply chain
31st July 2020 by

The coronavirus pandemic is amplifying birth rate trends in many parts of the world, creating via pr...

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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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No time to waste in solving ocean plastic dilemma
28th July 2020 by

It feels like we could all use some good news, so how about this: We already have the capabilities t...

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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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Helping the chemical supply chain not be BlackBerry
24th July 2020 by

Market-driven economics work, even if they at first are overwhelmed by unprecedented demand. Such is...

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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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Short supply means high demand, right? Not always
21st July 2020 by

Why the supply chain needs to sometimes look beyond simple supply-demand models to understand chemic...

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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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