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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Asian PE and PP margins at lowest levels in at least five years and will go lower……
4th December 2019 by

By John Richardson NOT since at least the beginning of 2014 have Northeast and Southeast Asian polye...

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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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China new vehicle sales: A long term decline and what this means for petrochemicals
29th November 2019 by

By John Richardson THE MAINSTREAM view is that there is nothing fundamental about the decline in new...

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Environmental taxes on US polyethylene shipments to the EU seem inevitable
17th November 2019 by

By John Richardson IT ALL seemed to make perfect sense at the time. Feedstock and financing were inc...

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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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Shift in supply chains away from China adds costs, complexities and risks for petrochemicals
11th November 2019 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS and other manufacturers scramble to relocate their businesses a...

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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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US ethylene glycols: Diversifying away from China may prove impossible
23rd October 2019 by

By John Richardson US BUSINESSES are making arrangements to diversify their supply chains away from ...

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