ICIS Market Expert Blogs
Read our chemical and energy experts’ latest assessment of the market
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.
SHORT-TERM tactics should involve maximising returns within regions along with a greater focus on exports anywhere in the world
You might think it impossible for China to reach complete self-sufficiency in PE, PP, EG and PX. History suggests otherwise.
The developing world outside China cannot repeat China's economic growth model because of climate change, ageing populations in the West and sustainab
Environmental, social and political factors – along with integration into upstream petrochemicals – have held back plant closures. Now, things seems v
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.
investors are hoping Fed Chairman Jay Powell will soon signal a dramatic interest rate cut. And so they are positioning for a 'Santa Claus' rally. But
Essentially, the central banks thought that unlimited amounts of free money could reverse the impact of ageing populations. WeWork's bankruptcy sugges
The smartphone market highlights how companies are responding very differently to the economic slowdown. Samsung is adding features such as ‘foldabl
Last week, the Japanese yen fell through the US$ : ¥150 level for the first time since 1990. It has now fallen by nearly 50% against the US$ in the p
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.
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.
Huge opportunities are at hand for US producers of ethylene and its derivatives, especially in a world where security of supply remains tenuous in man
Crude oil prices are rising at a rate at which passing on the increases downstream is proving untenable in some markets. Its volatility will spur furt
The packaging supply chain needs to come to grips with inflation, but in a context few are considering at the moment – the sustainability movement.
Prices precipitously falling from their highs after months of feverous run-up is typical commodity market behaviour, but the conditions in which the c
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