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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When feedstock price isn’t the loudest voice in the room
25th August 2020 by

The question came over innocuously enough. “Market prices for ethylene are structurally the highes...

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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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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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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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Resilience of global polyethylene demand jeopardised by stimulus withdrawals
15th July 2020 by

By John Richardson THE WORD on the street – what market participants have said about the polyethyl...

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Thoughts from the road on the road ahead
14th July 2020 by

Just back from a road-trip holiday to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons where my family and I escaped...

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Is your chemical market three-dimensional?
12th June 2020 by

How can an understanding beyond the linear chemical chain bring value to sourcing teams? Back in the...

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