Asian Chemical Connections

China’s bans on single-use plastics: The impact on polyethylene demand
21st January 2020 by

    By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. It has always been just a question...

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Why the trade deal is much ado about almost nothing
20th January 2020 by

These are, as always, my personal views and do not express the views of ICIS. Thanks By John Richard...

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US and Iran conflict in a world of declining growth and fragile supply chains
8th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THINK of the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and multiply its impact on global supply ...

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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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Europe to become much more self-sufficient in polyethylene because of sustainability
20th November 2019 by

Yes, I know I promised to focus on Asia and its cracker-to-PE industry today and how the region will...

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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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Vietnam polyethylene demand boom may not last because of infrastructure pressures
13th November 2019 by

By John Richardson LET’S start with some good news: Vietnamese polyethylene (PE) demand looks set ...

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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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India must forget trying to follow China and should instead launch a Green New Deal
3rd November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T WORRY, I am told, India is on the way. As China undergoes major structura...

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