Asian Chemical Connections

President Trump’s tariff concession adds to uncertainties as we drift towards a bipolar world
14th August 2019 by

The following opinions are my personal views, and, as always, do not express the views of ICIS By Jo...

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Trump latest tariffs risk global recession, 3.8m tonne lost PE demand
5th August 2019 by

By John Richardson PRESIDENT Trump is playing with fire as a result of his plan to impose 10% import...

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BASF’s shocking Q2 results should have been no shock at all
9th July 2019 by

y John Richardson NOBODY should be surprised by the BASF results for Q1 2019 where, on a year-on-yea...

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China PE overstocking at nearly a million tonnes as demand weakens, competition intensifies
2nd July 2019 by

By John Richardson MEASURING petrochemicals and polymer inventory levels in China with any reasonabl...

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China petrochemicals recovery on G20 trade war progress will be shortlived
30th June 2019 by

By John Richardson China petrochemical and polymer price spreads over naphtha feedstock costs will r...

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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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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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China PP demand at risk of 20 million tonnes shortfall in 2019-2025
19th June 2019 by

By John Richardson THE CHANCES of some kind of trade deal have edged a little higher following the a...

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China real estate a growing stress point for global chemicals demand
17th June 2019 by

By John Richardson WE ALL know, or at least we all should know, just how important is the Chinese ec...

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China PP demand growth still heading for seven-year low despite surge in imports
7th June 2019 by

By John Richardson ALL is not suddenly right with China’s polypropylene (PP) demand despite our re...

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