Asian Chemical Connections

Global polyethylene in 2020: Margins will reach historic lows as new growth model emerges
8th December 2019 by

Here is a first of a series of outlook articles for 2020 where I focus on the risks ahead for the gl...

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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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Asian PE and PP margins at lowest levels in at least five years and will go lower……
4th December 2019 by

By John Richardson NOT since at least the beginning of 2014 have Northeast and Southeast Asian polye...

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Shift in supply chains away from China adds costs, complexities and risks for petrochemicals
11th November 2019 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS and other manufacturers scramble to relocate their businesses a...

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IMF confirms global economy all about China as US threat to growth persists
8th November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. An important new IMF study confirms what I’ve ...

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China’s polyethylene indigestion persists as margins point to major downturn
30th October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYETHYLENE (PE) market continues to display signs of chronic indigest...

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US ethylene glycols: Diversifying away from China may prove impossible
23rd October 2019 by

By John Richardson US BUSINESSES are making arrangements to diversify their supply chains away from ...

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The US places heavy bets on LLDPE at a time of demand erosion
21st October 2019 by

By John Richardson IT IS a remarkably single product-focused strategy given the exposure of linear-l...

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Surge in US polyethylene exports occurs as China growth slows, Asian margins turn negative
16th October 2019 by

By John Richardson PERHAPS ONE could argue, but I certainly wouldn’t, that in a perfect world the ...

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Little prospects of genuine US and China deal leave US petrochemicals exports very vulnerable
11th October 2019 by

As always, this blog post expresses my own personal views and these are not the views of ICIS. Thank...

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