The US economy’s hall of mirrors
4th September 2020 by

The US economic recovery from pandemic-induced shutdowns is about as disjointed an endeavour as I ca...

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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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Consumers will experience better days, and with newer clothes
14th August 2020 by

Most of the statistics bantered about right now are coronavirus-related, which means they are monoto...

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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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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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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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