In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
June 9-15, 2014

Cover story

Commentary: China woes hit Asia chemicals

As China’s government attempts to rein in spiralling levels of personal and corporate debt by tightening credit limits in the official and shadow banking sector, chemical producers in Asia are feeling the pinch.

As manufacturers – used to easy credit conditions – struggle to finance or refinance their debt requirements, activity is slowing, and demand for chemicals is declining. Add to that the ramp up in China capacity expected this year and the outlook appears weak in many products.



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