Asian Chemical Connections

China single-use plastic bans: Polyethylene imports 68m tonnes lower in 2020-2030
24th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE good news from a “business as usual” perspective is that China’...

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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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Why President Trump, unlike with Iran, will find it harder to shift course on China
10th January 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views only and do not represent the views of ICIS. Thank you  ...

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Iran and the US: Assessing the risks for petrochemicals and the global economy
6th January 2020 by

As always, these are my personal views only and don’t reflect the views of ICIS By John Richar...

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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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Asian copolymer polyproplyene used as a sink for growing oversupply of ethylene
27th November 2019 by

By John Richardson A SURE sign that the Asian ethylene-to-polyethylene (PE) markets are distressed c...

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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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