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.
China goes global in PP perhaps quicker than had been expected, badly disrupting the global industry8th August 2022
CHINA’S polypropylene (PP) industry is in the short- to medium- term is being pushed into going global perhaps quicker than it had intended. This is
Will China, the world’s most important HDPE demand centre, and an increasingly important supply centre, drag Europe down to its levels? Or will the
WAS IT JUST an almightily big bubble that cannot now be re-inflated, even if Beijing follows through on its plans to inject $148bn in loans into the c
IF THERE IS no return to the historic patterns of spreads between China's petrochemicals prices and feedstock costs, there will be no economic recover
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.
Millions of people around the world are already having to cutback on buying food for their families due to today's high prices. By wintertime, the ris
The blog’s 15th birthday – and the chemical industry remains the best leading indicator for the global economy24th July 2022
The US is moving into recession as the Atlanta Fed chart confirms. Chemicals have been warning of this for some time. But policymakers and commentator
“Things get to a point where you have to do the right thing”, Lord McDonald, former head of the UK Foreign Office10th July 2022
The election's timing could hardly be worse, with Johnson now just a caretaker premier. Russia is threatening food and energy security by cutting fert
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.
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
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
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