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Dow And Commodities-Specialities Integration

 

By John Richardson

IS diversification itself a problem in commodity chemicals and speciality companies with operations under one roof, or is it more how this diversification is handled?

This is a question raised by this excellent Insight article, from …

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The Minority Isn’t Always Wrong

By John Richardson

“I REALLY worry about the ability to export extra capacity from the US as I think global markets will become much more regional,” said a source with a poylolefins producer .

“The US is also pretty much …

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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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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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Rest In Peace, Nelson Mandela

By John Richardson

He got it, he understood it and in a fractious, self-interested world his self-sacrifice for his nation, his forgiveness for people who were once his enemies, was amazing after 27 years in prison. If many of the …

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China: No New “Demographic Dividend”

By John Richardson

ANOTHER, on the surface, stunning announcement last Friday – along with promises of root and branch economic reforms – was China’s decision to relax its one-child policy. All of these announcements followed the conclusion of last week’s …

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Searching For A Manufacturing Revival

By John Richardson

WALK into any airport bookshop and you will see shelf after shelf full of management and “get rich quick” books. How many books are you likely to see on inventing things and manufacturing? Hardly any…..

The danger …

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The Hedgehog And The Fox

By John Richardson

Are there more hedgehogs in the chemicals industry than foxes? This thought came to the blog after meetings with industry executives this week during its latest visit to Singapore.

Bear with us and we will, we promise, …

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Without The Benefit Of Time

                                     Victorian Britain (Source of picture: Wikimedia)

 

By John Richardson

LIFE in China can be grim, much as it was in Britain during its industrial development.

In China, according to The Economist:…

A tenth of the country’s farmland is poisoned

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The 10th ICIS Innovation Awards

The deadline of 3 July is closing in fast for entries to the 10th ICIS Innovation Awards, designed to reward innovation, environmental advances and sustainability in the global chemical industry. If you want a chance to win extensive coverage in …

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