Asian Chemical Connections

How we could all end up as losers from President Trump’s trade policies
16th August 2019 by

The views below are my own, and, as always, do not express the opinion of ICIS By John Richardson RE...

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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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China PE overstocking at above a million tonnes as Beijing struggles to boost economy
12th August 2019 by

By John Richardson EVEN IF our base case growth rate* for PE in China in 2019 proves to be correct t...

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Multiple trade disputes and the risks for the US PE industry
3rd July 2019 by

By John Richardson FALLING out with a trading partner as big as China is problematic enough. But the...

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US LLDPE imports and the impact on European petrochemicals
26th June 2019 by

  By John Richardson EUROPEAN linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets have yet to feel ...

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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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Global polyethylene: Supply is not the problem, it is demand
24th June 2019 by

By John Richardson WHEN people talk about supply it is very often because it is much easier to quant...

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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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