Asian Chemical Connections

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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China trade war duties on US LDPE “very likely” as global recession concerns grow
9th August 2019 by

By John Richardson IT IS very likely that China will impose 25% additional imports duties on LDPE in...

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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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China PE overstocking at nearly a million tonnes as demand weakens, competition intensifies
2nd July 2019 by

By John Richardson MEASURING petrochemicals and polymer inventory levels in China with any reasonabl...

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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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