Asian Chemical Connections

How the Millennials and “less is more” are destroying petrochemicals demand
20th August 2019 by

By John Richardson WE HAVE gone beyond the point of no return because of a major societal shift. Mil...

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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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US declaring China currency manipulator risks 10.8m tonnes of global petrochemicals demand
6th August 2019 by

  By John Richardson BY PLAYING with fire President Trump has very likely set the forest on fir...

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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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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 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 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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Symptoms worsen for Dr Benzene and China economy as trade war accelerates
6th June 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart is again telling us something very important about the real state...

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China PE demand boom will not stop further margin declines
10th May 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market is being temporarily weighed down by overstock...

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