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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Richardson

John Richardson is a highly experienced trainer and chemicals industry consultant, who has been working in the industry for 22 years. Based in Asia-Pacific, John has a deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed the region into the world’s major production and consumption region. His aim is to provide insightful, factually-based consultancy of the key issues facing the industry. For any comments our queries on this blog, contact John at john.richardson@icis.com.    
The squeezed middle class and the threat to free trade
14th April 2019

By John Richardson IF THE US had the same income distribution it had in 1979, the bottom 80% of the population would have $1 trillion -or $11,000 per ...

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A tale of two polymers in China: ICIS 8th World Polyolefins Conference presentation
9th April 2019

WE HELD our 8th World Polyolefins Conference in Vienna last week where I presented this paper on the China market. Polymers that go into durable end-u...

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New ICIS podcast: Searching for a better way to forecast China
1st April 2019

  By John Richardson Click here for my latest interview with Will Beacham,  Deputy of ICIS Chemical Business (go to the Download Episode icon, d...

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A brand new ‘how to” guide for forecasting Chinese polyethylene demand
29th March 2019

By John Richardson TIME and again over the last ten years the strength or weakness of Chinese chemicals and polymers demand has taken everyone by surp...

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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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He also serves as a Global Expert for the World Economic Forum. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry and the global economy over the next 12 – 18 months. It looks behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in critical areas such as oil prices, China and Emerging Markets, currencies, autos, housing, economic growth and the environment. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.
Don’t get carried away by Beijing’s stimulus
7th April 2019

Residential construction work in Qingdao, China. Government stimulus is unlikely to deliver the economic boost of previous years © Bloomberg China...

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Businesses thrilled by Brexit uncertainty: “It’s exhilarating” says small business owner
1st April 2019

With the European Commission saying that a No Deal is now “likely“, small businesses across the UK and EU27 have begun to look forward to ...

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Stormy weather ahead for chemicals
24th March 2019

Four serious challenges are on the horizon for the global petrochemical industry as I describe in my latest analysis for ICIS Chemical Business and in...

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$60bn opportunity opens up for plastics industry as need to eliminate single-use packaging grows
17th March 2019

150 businesses representing over 20% of the global plastic packaging market have now agreed to start building a circular economy for plastics with the...

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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.

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ICIS Dutch TTF gas benchmark closes above EAX in bear market
21st March 2019

The ICIS Dutch TTF gas benchmark closed above the East Asian Index (EAX) spot LNG price on 20 March for the first time in three years, inverting the u...

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ICIS View: Turkish lira crisis spells new concerns for energy sector
15th August 2018

After losing nearly one fifth of its value within the last week, the Turkish lira recovered some losses, stabilising at TL6.5 to the US dollar in Tues...

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ICIS View: UK to close subsidy scheme for smaller renewables
20th July 2018

The UK had indicated in 2015 that the generation tariff under the FiT scheme would end in March 2019 but Thursday’s announcement means the export ta...

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ICIS View: Groningen residents’ gain is Europe’s loss
5th June 2018

As the bill to cut production from the Netherlands’ giant Groningen field makes its way through the Dutch halls of power, the challenges of implemen...

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Chemical Connections

ICIS editors and consultants give their views on the big questions raised by market events and developments. By analysing market conditions, supply and demand, and other factors influencing future profitability, they set today’s markets into context and provide an outlook for 2016 and beyond.

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Is The US Ethane Market Getting Tighter?
12th June 2017

Taking look at the latest EIA data (published 4/28/2017) with a little ICIS analytics thrown in: The amount of ethane recovered in February was up 20%...

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The Art of Price Forecasting
8th June 2017

One of the most disheartening parts of being in the price forecasting business, particularly in the energy price forecasting business, is that, despit...

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