Asian Chemical Connections

Southeast Asia PE spreads further underline weak demand, but trade talks promise rebound
25th June 2019 by

By John Richardson THE GOOD news today is that the US and China have agreed to resume trade talks. P...

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Global polyethylene: Supply is not the problem, it is demand
24th June 2019 by

By John Richardson WHEN people talk about supply it is very often because it is much easier to quant...

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China’s polyethylene demand in 2019 now at risk as slowdown gathers momentum
21st June 2019 by

By John Richardson JUST when most of us thought we had figured out China’s polyethylene (PE) marke...

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Iran’s alleged attacks on shipping likely a response to US targeting of petrochemicals exports
21st June 2019 by

The following opinions are the personal views of the author and do not express the views of ICIS As ...

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Symptoms worsen for Dr Benzene and China economy as trade war accelerates
6th June 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart is again telling us something very important about the real state...

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China PE spreads at seven-year low indicates too many eggs in one basket
4th June 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA polyethylene (PE) spreads over naphtha feedstock costs are at a seven-year ...

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China trade war self-reliance push threatens ethylene glycols and PP imports
29th May 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA WILL do what suits China and not what suits the rest of the petrochemicals ...

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China could easily become styrene net exporter as trade war drives self-sufficiency
27th May 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA MIGHT remain a major net importer of styrene by 2025, making it still the b...

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China’s paraxylene imports in 2019-2025 face major downside risks
21st May 2019 by

By John Richardson NEVER underestimate China’s ability to execute vast and highly complex manufact...

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China PE demand boom will not stop further margin declines
10th May 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market is being temporarily weighed down by overstock...

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