ICIS Market Expert Blogs

Asian Chemical Connections

John Richardson and Malini Hariharan'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 analyst, who has been working in the industry for 18 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 analysis of the key issues facing the industry.
Holding petchem CEOs to account: tackling societal needs the route to success
7th December 2018

By John Richardson IF WE all had a dollar for every time we’d heard the phrase, “the growth of the Asian middle classes”, as just about the only...

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Donald Trump’s “Tariff Man” Tweet exposes lack of G20 substance
5th December 2018

By John Richardson That didn’t last long, did it? But anyone paying attention to the detail, or rather the lack of it from the Chinese perspecti...

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G20 trade deal is no deal unless a huge gap can be bridged
3rd December 2018

By John Richardson I PREDICTED that there could well be warm smiles, handshakes and some kind of trade deal at this weekend’s meeting between Presid...

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Internal combustion engines, car ownership to quickly head the way of horses and carts
2nd December 2018

By John Richardson THE PICTURE on the left shows the Easter Day Parade in New York in 1900. As you can see, the parade is  almost entirely made up of...

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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.
Chemistry & the Economy: 2019 Outlook
4th December 2018

There will be no shortage of important topics to discuss on Thursday, at my regular Chemistry and the Economy: 2019 Outlook webinar for the American C...

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Brexit moves from ‘Snakes and Ladders’ to cricket
2nd December 2018

The Brexit debate had appeared to be a simple game of Snakes & Ladders till now.  The Leave campaign landed on the ladders that led to its goal o...

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Asian downturn worsens, bringing global recession nearer
25th November 2018

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And my visit to Singapore last week confirmed that the downturn underway...

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Your ‘A-Z Guide’ to the Brexit Negotiations
18th November 2018

“The UK is now facing a national crisis”, according to Margaret Thatcher’s former Defence Secretary, Michael Portillo, speaking to a...

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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 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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Clock is ticking on MiFID II
2nd February 2017

Time is running out for energy companies that have to work out if they will be included or exempted by upcoming financial rules that will make some of...

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No alternative: Europe’s low-carbon energy transition will come of age in 2017
25th January 2017

“Alternative energy”. Is that still a common phrase? In some quarters, it is. In a recent New York Times Trump-themed article, the phrase was in t...

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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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