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Go Where The Money Is: Sanitation And Water

By John Richardson

HOW do you define global progress? Is it the number of extra people each year who are able to afford to buy a smartphone, or is it the number of additional people who are given access to …

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The Opportunities For 2016 And Beyond Are Huge

A happy festive season and all the best for the New Year to my readers. What should chemicals companies do to be successful in 2016 and beyond. What follows will help. I am taking a break from blogging, but will …

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Dow And DuPont: How A Merger Could Work

By John Richardson

DOW Chemical and DuPont are companies with tremendous histories. It is no exaggeration to say that they have helped to build the American economy, right from the early days of Henry Herbert Dow and Eleuthère Irénée du …

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Autos Material Science: 180 Degree Change For Petchems

By John Richardson

HERE is an example of how the links between the petrochemicals and polymers business and the autos industry have long worked:…

  In the 1980s, propylene was a very low value co-product of naphtha and other liquids cracking.

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Oil Analysts Should Have Taken “O Level” History In The 1970s

By John Richardson

WHEN Abraham Darby discovered a way of using coke to smelt iron ore in place of increasingly expensive wood in 1709 his technology didn’t stand still. Armies of engineers sought ways of making his process better, which …

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Climate Change: Taking Out An Insurance Policy

By John Richardson

WOULD you get on board a plane without taking out travel insurance to protect your family? Of course not, even though the chances of you being involved in a plane crash are one in 9 million.

And …

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India HasTo Focus On Sanitation And Education

By John Richardson

SO far so good, perhaps: During the last financial year (March 31 2014 to 1 April 2015), 58.6 million new toilets were constructed in India, according to official government statistics. This compares with 48.9 million during the …

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India’s Search For A New Growth Model

By John Richardson

THE great news is that China is moving towards a new, and potentially very effective, economic growth model.

Can we say the same for India?

The reason why I pose this question is because, since Narendra Modi …

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Africa: How To Seize Another Opportunity

By John Richardson

WHEN you’ve finished renegotiating with your lenders, your shareholders and your bondholders about what the collapse of oil prices means for your chemicals company, you will, hopefully, have a strategy to come through this crisis more or …

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Creating Sustainable Chemicals Growth In 2015

By John Richardson

AS just about everyone, including me, obsesses about the more than 40% collapse in oil prices and what it means for the chemicals industry, here is another statistic for you: 58,000 newborns die in India every year …

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