Asian Chemical Connections

China autos and polypropylene: Growth has peaked and will decline
13th February 2019 by

By John Richardson WHAT if the number of new vehicle sales in China reached a long term peak of 28.9...

Asian PE margins to test 2012 lows as consensus catches up with economic realities
17th December 2018 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been evident since as early as February this year that China’s economy i...

Scenario 1 inevitable? Are you really, really, hand on heart, that sure?
14th December 2018 by

ICIS and the UK–based chemicals company International eChem had the privilege of making a pres...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, ...

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...

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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