Asian Chemical Connections

A tale of two polymers in China: ICIS 8th World Polyolefins Conference presentation
9th April 2019 by

WE HELD our 8th World Polyolefins Conference in Vienna last week where I presented this paper on the...

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A brand new ‘how to” guide for forecasting Chinese polyethylene demand
29th March 2019 by

By John Richardson TIME and again over the last ten years the strength or weakness of Chinese chemic...

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China chemicals storage at bursting point indicates no big new economic stimulus
27th March 2019 by

By John Richardson CHEMICALS markets are a great barometer for weather conditions in the wider econo...

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China’s vital internet economy cannot be sacrificed for trade deal
25th March 2019 by

By John Richardson THE latest stumbling block for the US/China trade talks is the Chinese reluctance...

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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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Risks for US petrochemicals once again rise as trade war takes another twist
15th March 2019 by

By John Richardson JUST when nearly of all us (including me) thought that a trade deal was about to ...

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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 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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US PE margins have further to fall on higher production, China weakness
18th February 2019 by

By John Richardson THE WORST is over for the margin depletion that’s been experienced by US PE pro...

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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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