Chemicals and the Economy

Ethane price hikes, China tariffs, hit US PE producers as global market weakens
23rd September 2018 by

Sadly, my July forecast that US-China tariffs could lead to a global polyethylene price war seems to...

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US ethylene prices near all-time lows as over-capacity arrives
13th May 2018 by

US ethylene spot prices are tumbling as the major new shale gas expansions come on line, as the char...

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2018 will see Winners and Losers appear in plastics markets
1st April 2018 by

Two major challenges face petrochemical and polymer producers and consumers in 2018: The likely disr...

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Hurricane Harvey: lack of insurance will hit Houston’s recovery
4th September 2017 by

“By Monday, the third straight day of flooding, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey had left muc...

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Trump, Xi have 100 days to avert US-China trade war
12th April 2017 by

Last week’s summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Ji...

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4.5 million tonnes of new US polyethylene exports on front-line as War of Words hits US-China trade
30th March 2017 by

“There isn’t anybody who knows what is going to happen in the next 12 months. We’ve neve...

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Trump’s $1tn infrastructure plan likely dead as focus moves to tax
27th March 2017 by

President Trump’s defeat on healthcare makes it very unlikely that he will be able to push thr...

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Industry needs new strategy to spread benefits of globalisation
25th November 2016 by

The Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s election, confirm that we are in a New Normal world.  In ...

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Hope is not a strategy
30th September 2016 by

Chemical companies face difficult times if they cling to the hope that current challenges will simpl...

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US polypropylene imports rise as China aims for self-sufficiency
6th July 2016 by

Difficult times lie ahead for global polymer markets, as I note in a new analysis for ICIS Chemical ...

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