Asian Chemical Connections

Per capita consumption another blunt tool for predicting China polymers growth
18th March 2019 by

By John Richardson WE ALREADY know that forecasting Chinese polyethylene (PE) demand growth based on...

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China polyethylene demand forecasting: Forget GDP, look downstream and focus on regions
12th March 2019 by

By John Richardson THE TOP DOWN method of estimating polyethylene (PE) demand growth in China that u...

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China’s ageing population could cost 240 million tonnes of polymers demand
1st March 2019 by

By John Richardson THERE was nothing miraculous about the “Chinese economic miracle”. What inste...

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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 propylene: 6.7m tonne demand hole threatens to swallow-up new projects
4th February 2019 by

By John Richardson CONVENTIONAL opinion is that the global propylene market is moving from a balance...

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China 2018 polypropylene demand growth lowest in six years
31st January 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S apparent demand for polypropylene (PP) grew by 4.7% in 2018 over the pr...

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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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Risks for US petrochemicals grow as crucial trade talks resume
29th January 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart further underlines what is at stake for the US petrochemicals ind...

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The polyethylene world is now even more hooked on China
25th January 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S NET PE imports look likely to have risen by an average of 20% in 2018 o...

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China full-year lending decline confirms that Fed pause is a sideshow
15th January 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S full-year 2018 lending figures are out and they underline what I’d be...

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