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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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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Long term downcycle will transform global petrochemicals, creating new Winners and Losers
6th December 2019 by

By John Richardson THIS IS not a normal downcycle. Please get over that idea however many people, bo...

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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 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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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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Shift in supply chains away from China adds costs, complexities and risks for petrochemicals
11th November 2019 by

By John Richardson AS PETROCHEMICALS and other manufacturers scramble to relocate their businesses a...

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IMF confirms global economy all about China as US threat to growth persists
8th November 2019 by

By John Richardson DON’T SAY I didn’t tell you. An important new IMF study confirms what I’ve ...

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China’s polyethylene indigestion persists as margins point to major downturn
30th October 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S POLYETHYLENE (PE) market continues to display signs of chronic indigest...

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