Asian Chemical Connections

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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Higher Asian ethylene and polyethylene prices do not mean we are past the bottom of the downcycle
15th January 2020 by

By John Richardson THE RISE in Asian spot ethylene prices is being cited as evidence of better downs...

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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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US/China trade deal achieves little as China pushes hard towards petrochemicals self-sufficiency
16th December 2019 by

By John Richardson PRESIDENT Trump has promised a “tremendous amount of business” for US farmers...

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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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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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Europe to become much more self-sufficient in polyethylene because of sustainability
20th November 2019 by

Yes, I know I promised to focus on Asia and its cracker-to-PE industry today and how the region will...

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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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