Chemicals and the Economy

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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World Aromatics Conference focuses on key industry challenges
4th November 2017 by

Our 16th World Aromatics and Derivatives conference takes place on Wednesday/Thursday in Amsterdam. ...

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Hurricane Harvey will turbocharge move to the circular economy
25th September 2017 by

300,000 homes and half a million cars have been destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.  And in terms of bus...

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Plastics demand is peaking as circular economy arrives
24th July 2017 by

The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones.  Similarly, coal is being left in the ...

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Sinopec’s results confirm China’s focus on employment and self-sufficiency, not profit
1st June 2017 by

China’s strategies for oil, refining and petrochemical production are very different from thos...

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China’s increase in chemicals self-sufficiency will hit US shale gas expansions
11th May 2017 by

Some years ago, when China was well on the way to becoming the world’s largest importer of che...

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