Look for Winners and Losers in 2021
10th January 2021 by

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”. Lenin’s f...

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Chemicals in the eye of the storm as UK heads for a WTO Brexit on 1 January
18th October 2020 by

On Friday, the UK premier confirmed what many of us have expected for a long time. There is unlikely...

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Chemical industry has key role in helping to create a more sustainable world
20th September 2020 by

The chemical industry has a critical role to play in enabling the world to “build back better&...

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Local circular plastics solutions to replace mega projects business model
30th August 2020 by

NEW YORK (ICIS)–There will be a paradigm shift away from mega crackers producing massive volum...

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Reshoring set to create Winners and Losers as advanced manufacturing takes over
12th July 2020 by

Not many companies still operate in the same way as 500 years ago, or even 50 years ago. But in manu...

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Polyethylene’s crisis will create Winners and Losers
8th December 2019 by

Polyethylene markets (PE) are moving into a crisis, with margins in NE Asia already negative, as I h...

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Day of reckoning approaches for US polyethylene expansions, and the European industry
8th September 2019 by

Planning for future demand in petrochemicals and polymers used to be relatively easy during the Baby...

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Stormy weather ahead for chemicals
24th March 2019 by

Four serious challenges are on the horizon for the global petrochemical industry as I describe in my...

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Ethane price hikes, China tariffs, hit US PE producers as global market weakens
23rd September 2018 by

Sadly, my July forecast that US-China tariffs could lead to a global polyethylene price war seems to...

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US ethylene prices near all-time lows as over-capacity arrives
13th May 2018 by

US ethylene spot prices are tumbling as the major new shale gas expansions come on line, as the char...

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