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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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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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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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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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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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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