Asian Chemical Connections

Trade war dangers for US polyethylene re-emerge as talks appear to flounder
8th February 2019 by

          By John Richardson ONLY YESTERDAY just about everyone I spoke to ...

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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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Turkey PE demand could be 8% lower as economic problems continue
11th January 2019 by

By John Richardson TURKEY’S apparent demand for PE may have fallen by 8% in 2018 to around 2m ...

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Flood of US LLDPE begins to disrupt markets with worse to follow
9th January 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE table illustrates the 2018 impact on smaller LLDPE markets of the arriv...

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Asian PE margins to test 2012 lows as consensus catches up with economic realities
17th December 2018 by

By John Richardson IT HAS been evident since as early as February this year that China’s economy i...

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Scenario 1 inevitable? Are you really, really, hand on heart, that sure?
14th December 2018 by

ICIS and the UK–based chemicals company International eChem had the privilege of making a pres...

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Latest global chemicals production data indicate recession likely very close
23rd November 2018 by

By John Richardson ONE OF THE useful things about chemicals industry data is that they are an early ...

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US/China trade war: G20 deal would not solve deep-seated differences
21st November 2018 by

By John Richardson NOBODY should be surprised by warm smiles, firm handshakes and an agreement to fr...

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Negative Asian polyolefins margins show need for recession planning
5th November 2018 by

ASIAN PE and PP spreads turned negative in October this year for the first time since the same month...

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