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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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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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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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 polyethylene indigestion persists as margins point to major downturn
30th October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYETHYLENE (PE) market continues to display signs of chronic indigest...

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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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The new China and the rise of the Millennials transform the petrochemicals business model
6th October 2019 by

By John Richardson ANYONE who has anything to do with the petrochemicals industry or anything to do ...

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Global manufacturing slowdown: Turn to China’s polypropylene market for your explanation
4th October 2019 by

By John Richardson THEY SADLY still don’t get it. All the clamour yesterday was about declinin...

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US petrochemicals export exposure grows at the wrong time in history
25th September 2019 by

As always, the views in this blog post are my own and do not reflect the views of ICIS. Thank you By...

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