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3D Printing Likely To Change Just About Everything

By John Richardson

3D printing will very probably force manufacturers, including those who make chemicals and polymers, to build entirely new business models.

Here is why:…

The young in Western societies will be poorer because of less aggregate demand as

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Western Demand Still Weaker

By John Richardson

AS the euphoria over the Fed’s measured tapering echoes through global equity markets, many people at certain points on the continuum - which we described in detail earlier this week - will be happy.

Perhaps for the …

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Global Growth Outlook: Sorting Out The Continuum

By John Richardson

WHAT do you do for a living? Are you a speculator in equity markets or do you make things for a living?

These, we think, are highly relevant questions as we head towards the New Year.

It …

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Oil Market Risks For 2014

By John Richardson

PAUL Satchell, the UK-based chemicals analyst with glob investment bank Cannacord Genuity wrote  in his December Volume Proxy* report, which was released earlier this month: “It has long been our opinion that real demand fundamentals in commodity …

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The US Growth Conundrum

By John Richardson

WHERE is the growth in the US economy going to come from to consume the big increase in the country’s ethylene and derivatives production due to take place from 2017 onwards?

This is a question that continues …

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The WTO “Bali” Deal Versus ASEAN Priorities

By John Richardson

WHY sacrifice national or regional growth for the sake of freer global trade?

This is a question the blog has been asking itself since the breakthrough last week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Bali. …

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The Perils Of An Even Weaker Yen

By John Richardson

YOU cannot turn 65-year-olds into 35-year-olds, no matter how much central bank stimulus you throw at the problem.

This is why the real, underlying problem with Japan is its demographics which make all the current attempts to …

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German Politicians Head In The Wrong Direction

By John Richardson

IT took Germany’s politicians five weeks, including a final marathon 17-hour negotiating session, to agree on a “grand coalition”, points out The Economist in this article. 

The trouble is that, despite this massive expenditure of hot air …

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Iran-West Nuclear Deal Could Boost Naphtha Cracking

By John Richardson

THE blog has met many Iranian delegates during its seven years of working for ICIS Training and visited the country a couple of times during the early 2,000s. We love the people and the country, but not …

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Chemicals Companies Need To Prepare For Deflation in 2014

By John Richardson

IF the US Fed’s polices are working why is AP Moller Mearsk – the shipping company which is widely seen as a proxy for global trade – cutting costs and reducing capacity?

Probably because as Henny Sender …

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