Asian Chemical Connections

China plans to raise ethylene capacity by 113% in major self-sufficiency drive
24th April 2018 by

By John Richardson IN SEPTEMBER last year, I had thought that China might raise its ethylene capacit...

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China’s 74% Fall In High-Risk Lending Points To New Slowdown
18th April 2018 by

By John Richardson THE above chart should give you a feeling of déjà vu. In early 2014, Chinese le...

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China Scrap Plastic Crackdown: 1-2% Boost To Polyolefins Demand
16th April 2018 by

By John Richardson THE DECLINE in China’s imports of scrap or waste plastic and cardboard could bo...

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China Shadow Lending Down By 70% With Deleveraging To Continue
16th March 2018 by

By John Richardson The ABOVE CHART shows that lending via China’s shadow banking system fell by no...

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China’s Polyethylene Market: Three New Scenarios For 2018-2025
23rd February 2018 by

By John Richardson THE above slide underlines the growing complexity surrounding China’s economy, ...

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China Accelerates Pollution Campaign In 2018: Implications For Chemicals
2nd February 2018 by

By John Richardson ON THE surface of things there will be no let up when China’s winter air pollut...

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Asian Naphtha-PE Spreads Collapse By 80% As 2018 Challenges Build
10th January 2018 by

By John Richardson ASIAN naphtha-to-polyethylene (PE) spreads collapsed by 80% in the first week of ...

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2018 Oil and Petchems: Risk Of Mistaking Apparent For Real Demand
5th January 2018 by

By John Richardson PERHAPS the most important recent single paragraph of analysis, in the huge volum...

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China Pollution Campaign: 2018 Chemicals Market Opportunities, Challenges
20th December 2017 by

By John Richardson XI JINPING mentioned the environment no less than 89 times during his three-and-a...

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China’s Pollution/Economic Campaign To Reshape Petchems
22nd November 2017 by

By John Richardson I BELIEVE that China’s environmental crackdown will continue to disrupt petroch...

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