Asian Chemical Connections

US LLDPE imports threaten to overwhelm European market
20th March 2019 by

By John Richardson THE above chart may end up being an underestimate of the extent to which US linea...

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Per capita consumption another blunt tool for predicting China polymers growth
18th March 2019 by

By John Richardson WE ALREADY know that forecasting Chinese polyethylene (PE) demand growth based on...

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China polyethylene demand forecasting: Forget GDP, look downstream and focus on regions
12th March 2019 by

By John Richardson THE TOP DOWN method of estimating polyethylene (PE) demand growth in China that u...

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China’s ageing population could cost 240 million tonnes of polymers demand
1st March 2019 by

By John Richardson THERE was nothing miraculous about the “Chinese economic miracle”. What inste...

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Surge in China lending could lead to global economic rebound, stronger chemicals demand
27th February 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA may have pressed the panic button again. If the extraordinary rise in Janua...

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China’s dominant role in global PE demand just got even bigger
20th February 2019 by

By John Richardson WE WERE already living in an incredibly lopsided PE world even before last year...

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China slowdown: Loss of 7m tonnes of global PP demand points to new investment model
15th February 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S influence on the world economy has grown to such an extent over the las...

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China 2018 polypropylene demand growth lowest in six years
31st January 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S apparent demand for polypropylene (PP) grew by 4.7% in 2018 over the pr...

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China slowdown threatens a million tonnes of lost styrene demand
30th January 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S apparent demand (*see note below) for styrene in 2018 looks set to have...

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Trade war fears return as US LLDPE becomes more exposed to China
23rd January 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ground has shifted under our feet once again. Just as it seemed as if the US ...

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