Asian Chemical Connections

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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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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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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China PE overstocking rises to more than 1m tonnes as exporters continue to flood the market
1st October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA is heading for another good year of PE demand growth with estimates from se...

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Global PE market to remain long despite Saudi cutbacks caused by drone attack
17th September 2019 by

By John Richardson TRADERS lucky enough to be holding long positions in PE ahead of the 14 September...

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China economic stimulus and PP: How global demand could have been 71m tonnes smaller
4th September 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA came to the rescue of the global economy in 2009. This wasn’t for altruis...

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How sustainability will upend the petrochemicals cost curve, creating new winners and losers
23rd August 2019 by

By John Richardson THE FUTURE I described on Wednesday, of declining petrochemicals and polymers dem...

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China trade war duties on US LDPE “very likely” as global recession concerns grow
9th August 2019 by

By John Richardson IT IS very likely that China will impose 25% additional imports duties on LDPE in...

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US LLDPE imports and the impact on European petrochemicals
26th June 2019 by

  By John Richardson EUROPEAN linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets have yet to feel ...

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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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