Asian Chemical Connections

President Trump’s tariff concession adds to uncertainties as we drift towards a bipolar world
14th August 2019 by

The following opinions are my personal views, and, as always, do not express the views of ICIS By Jo...

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China PE overstocking at above a million tonnes as Beijing struggles to boost economy
12th August 2019 by

By John Richardson EVEN IF our base case growth rate* for PE in China in 2019 proves to be correct t...

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China trade war duties on US LDPE “very likely” as global recession concerns grow
9th August 2019 by

By John Richardson IT IS very likely that China will impose 25% additional imports duties on LDPE in...

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Trump latest tariffs risk global recession, 3.8m tonne lost PE demand
5th August 2019 by

By John Richardson PRESIDENT Trump is playing with fire as a result of his plan to impose 10% import...

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Multiple trade disputes and the risks for the US PE industry
3rd July 2019 by

By John Richardson FALLING out with a trading partner as big as China is problematic enough. But the...

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China petrochemicals recovery on G20 trade war progress will be shortlived
30th June 2019 by

By John Richardson China petrochemical and polymer price spreads over naphtha feedstock costs will r...

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President Trump’s Vietnam warning threatens more polyethylene disruptions
27th June 2019 by

Just to stress  that, as always, what follows are my own personal views and not those of ICIS By Jo...

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US LLDPE imports and the impact on European petrochemicals
26th June 2019 by

  By John Richardson EUROPEAN linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets have yet to feel ...

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Global polyethylene: Supply is not the problem, it is demand
24th June 2019 by

By John Richardson WHEN people talk about supply it is very often because it is much easier to quant...

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Trade war certainties: A bi-polar world and the overwhelming importance of Chinese demand
10th June 2019 by

By John Richardson THE IRONY IS that if the US trade deficit with China shrinks because of the trade...

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