Asian Chemical Connections

The new China and the rise of the Millennials transform the petrochemicals business model
6th October 2019 by

By John Richardson ANYONE who has anything to do with the petrochemicals industry or anything to do ...

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Global manufacturing slowdown: Turn to China’s polypropylene market for your explanation
4th October 2019 by

By John Richardson THEY SADLY still don’t get it. All the clamour yesterday was about declinin...

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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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Unsustainable boom in China auto market ends as sales of new vehicles move permanently lower
8th September 2019 by

By John Richardson THERE IS a big temptation when making forecasts of becoming too excited about the...

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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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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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