Asian Chemical Connections

China MEG spreads turn negative on 171% rise in US retail prices for Chinese clothing
24th May 2019 by

By John Richardson THERE are a lot of theories out there about why the spreads between Chinese mono-...

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China benzene spreads at ten-year low on misplaced trade deal hopes
19th May 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart shows that in April the average spread between CFR Japan naphtha ...

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Longer trade war: Impact in numbers on China polymers demand
15th May 2019 by

By John Richardson WE MUST now start to quantify the impact on the petrochemicals industry of no end...

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Plastics pollution crisis: Impact on polyethylene margins in 2022-2027
13th May 2019 by

By John Richardson ALMOST all countries late last week signed a UN deal to monitor the flow of hard-...

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China PE demand boom will not stop further margin declines
10th May 2019 by

By John Richardson CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market is being temporarily weighed down by overstock...

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President Trump’s Tweets increase risk of no trade deal until 2021
6th May 2019 by

By John Richardson THE PROSPECTS of a trade deal seem to have have faded into the distance as a resu...

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Pressure on US builds as PE exports to China tumble and EU considers tariffs
3rd May 2019 by

By John Richardson DONALD TRUMP insisted in early March that he was willing to walk away from a bad ...

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Weak China polypropylene demand in January-April indicates no big new economic stimulus
17th April 2019 by

By John Richardson THE ABOVE chart should give you pause for thought if you believe that the Chinese...

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The squeezed middle class and the threat to free trade
14th April 2019 by

By John Richardson IF THE US had the same income distribution it had in 1979, the bottom 80% of the ...

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China chemicals storage at bursting point indicates no big new economic stimulus
27th March 2019 by

By John Richardson CHEMICALS markets are a great barometer for weather conditions in the wider econo...

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