Chemical market whack-a-mole
18th September 2020 by

Anyone ever play whack-a-mole? The image here comes from the 1990s, a time of ill-fitting T-shirts a...

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Decoupling talk is decoupled from reality
11th September 2020 by

It was supposed to be a harmless press conference honouring the US Labor Day holiday, but President ...

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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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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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With so much hanging in the balance, let data light the way
7th August 2020 by

The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 is the most consequential quarter in generations. It feels like hype...

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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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