Asian Chemical Connections

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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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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Little prospects of genuine US and China deal leave US petrochemicals exports very vulnerable
11th October 2019 by

As always, this blog post expresses my own personal views and these are not the views of ICIS. Thank...

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Global manufacturing slowdown: Turn to China’s polypropylene market for your explanation
4th October 2019 by

By John Richardson THEY SADLY still don’t get it. All the clamour yesterday was about declinin...

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China economic stimulus and PP: How global demand could have been 71m tonnes smaller
4th September 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA came to the rescue of the global economy in 2009. This wasn’t for altruis...

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Hong Kong an example of rising political risk and the end of easy growth
2nd September 2019 by

This blog expresses my opinions and not those of ICIS By John Ricuardson THE UNREST in Hong Kong wor...

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China PE overstocking at nearly a million tonnes as demand weakens, competition intensifies
2nd July 2019 by

By John Richardson MEASURING petrochemicals and polymer inventory levels in China with any reasonabl...

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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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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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China PP demand growth still heading for seven-year low despite surge in imports
7th June 2019 by

By John Richardson ALL is not suddenly right with China’s polypropylene (PP) demand despite our re...

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