ICIS Market Expert Blogs

Asian Chemical Connections

John Richardson’s Asian Chemicals Connections looks at Asian and global commodity chemicals and polymer pricing trends, supply and demand, macroeconomics, energy and environmental issues.

New supply chain problems prolong the big HDPE divide as imbalances build
20th January 2022

By John Richardson WHEN POLYETHYLENE (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets become truly global again remains anyone’s guess. But what’s clear in my

Why China’s PP demand may only grow by 1% per year in 2022-2032
17th January 2022

By John Richardson MOST people now accept that China’s real estate sector, worth some 29% of the country’s GDP, is deflating with significant long

European and US LLDPE margins may in 2022 sink towards northeast Asian levels
14th January 2022

By John Richardson A GOOD FRIEND and contact messaged me this week to say, “Wow, this is complicated”. Yes, I am afraid so. These are the most dif

China PP in 2022: either 3.6m tonnes net imports or 500,000 tonnes net exports!!
12th January 2022

By John Richardson AGAIN, PLEASE DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU. Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised in the slightest by the chart belo


Chemicals and the Economy

Guest blogger, Paul Hodges looks behind today's headlines and studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry over the next 12-18 months. He takes a closer look at oil prices, economic growth and the environment among other things, along with some light-hearted commentary along the way.

China’s ‘perpetual motion’ housing machine has started to slow
16th January 2022

Evergrande's default will only be the first of many. Companies and countries that have “bet the ranch” on China’s “perpetual motion machine”

Plastics industry feedstocks at risk from the rise of Electric Vehicles
9th January 2022

The plastics industry as we know it today, may well start to move into an endgame as it is squeezed from both ends of the value chain.

Chart of the Year – the surge in Electric Vehicle sales will disrupt auto, oil and petrochemical markets
19th December 2021

The implications of the rise in EV sales go well beyond the auto and oil markets, with petrochemicals likely to be next in line for disruption. This i

Time for demographics to replace economics, as Evergrande’s default marks the end of the central banks’ debt bubble
12th December 2021

It is time for the central banks to give up their outdated economic models, and focus instead on the science of demographics. Their efforts to create


Energy Connections

ICIS energy editors post their expert opinions on the major topics facing participants in the European gas, electricity, LNG and oil markets. This blog will look behind the headlines and critically analyse the impact of market developments on the industry, with some more light-hearted posts thrown in for good humour.

Spot LNG stuck in bullish mood
21st July 2021

Spot LNG prices remain firmly in bullish mood, with little prospect of an immediate easing of tight market conditions. Low storage levels in Europe, g

Spot LNG strong as China equals Japan
18th June 2021

Spot LNG strong as China equals Japan Spot LNG prices remain bullish as China’s demand growth continues and Australia enters a period of heavy maint

Spot LNG bullish on storage, summer peak
21st May 2021

Spot LNG bullish on storage, summer peak Spot LNG prices have broken back into double figures, over $10/MMBtu, as Europe continues to pull in gas to r

Asia, Europe LNG converges as US turns cold
16th February 2021

Spot gas markets in Europe and Asia have re-aligned after splitting apart during last month’s cold weather and price spikes in east Asia. But it may


Chemical Connections

The ICIS Chemical connections blog delves into the chemicals and commodities behind some of the world’s biggest companies. Daniel tracks and provides analysis on 167 companies in the oil and gas, commodities, chemicals, speciality chemicals, plastics, packaging and fertilizers markets and Jeremy analyses macro and micro trends affecting the North American chemicals industry, from olefins, aromatics and solvents to general-purpose and engineered plastics.

Volatile resin markets require rethinking 2022 contracts
5th November 2021

Negotiations on annual contracts are under way for many in the plastics supply chain, and the market conditions looming over the bargain table have ra

Global PP market divide may rebalance painfully
10th September 2021

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I can prove the one here is worth 1,034. How so? Because my colleague John Richardson wrote that man

Market danger set to lurk in the Gulf
25th August 2021

Time to keep a watchful eye on the Gulf of Mexico. Apropos of the approaching peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, there is growing chatter among me


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