Asian Chemical Connections

Global polyethylene in 2020: Margins will reach historic lows as new growth model emerges
8th December 2019 by

Here is a first of a series of outlook articles for 2020 where I focus on the risks ahead for the gl...

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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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Asian polypropylene market heads for major 2020 downturn
2nd December 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ASIAN polypropylene (PP) market hasn’t been as bad as the region’s polyet...

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Asian polyethylene shutdowns? Once again, good luck with that idea
25th November 2019 by

By John Richardson I was new to the game as I had only been analysing the petrochemicals business fo...

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The global polyethylene paradigm shift of permanently weaker demand
15th November 2019 by

By John Richardson MALCOLM GLADWELL, in his very thought provoking book The Outliers, writes about w...

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IMF confirms global economy all about China as US threat to growth persists
8th November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. An important new IMF study confirms what I’ve ...

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China’s inland petrochemicals demand will never come anywhere close to coastal levels
28th October 2019 by

By John Richardson ONE DIMENSIONAL analysis of China would have you believe that as per capita incom...

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China’s real GDP growth below 6% as mono-ethylene glycols margins provide early indicator of depth of downturn
18th October 2019 by

By John Richardson GLOBAL stock markets will now doubt respond negatively to the news that China’s...

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Surge in US polyethylene exports occurs as China growth slows, Asian margins turn negative
16th October 2019 by

By John Richardson PERHAPS ONE could argue, but I certainly wouldn’t, that in a perfect world the ...

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China PE overstocking rises to more than 1m tonnes as exporters continue to flood the market
1st October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA is heading for another good year of PE demand growth with estimates from se...

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