Uncle Karl is back in fashion

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Yes, indeed, with all the talk of the collapse of capitalism and with liberal economists running for cover, dear old Karl might once again be the flavour of the month.

Oh how I remember those dewy-eyed days, standing on the …

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Even Middle East budgets are being cut

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Yes, I know this blog has gone very quiet – but as the world has imploded, a few more pressing issues have come to the fore.

On a business trip last week the extent of the crisis became apparent when …

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Is your company truly globalised?

Globalisation is an attitude of mind as what might now be a slightly descredited economic doctrine.

Many companies are international but few – from talking to friends and contacts – are truly global in the sense that they recruit senior …

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Would you pass the Koala Bear test?

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I’ve just returned from a wonderful few days in Perth, Western Australia, where the motorists don’t as a rule try to kill you (unlike in most of Asia) and if you are a tourist at least, you can come away …

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Fair dinkum, Bruce, Sheila etc

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I am taking a well-earned break in Perth, Western Australia until early next week so this blog will be quiet until then.

And no, I am unlikely to find out anything interesting on feedstock issues surrounding the Australian cracker as …

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“Real” people start to suffer even more

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I grew up in a small town called Bingley in West Yorkshire in the UK, where there are two major employers – the head offices of a building society (or what was once a building society, but became a failed …

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Tainted food hits polymer sales

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As if the problems confronting China’s polyolefin markets were not enough, sales have apparently been further hit by the tainted food scares which began with baby’s milk.

A wide range of products are now affected with Cadbury becoming the latest …

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The big challenges

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As delegates gather for this year’s European Petrochemical Association meeting in the unreal world of Monaco (unreal for the 99.9 per cent recurring of us who don’t own Ferraris), I thought it was worth summarising some of the issues discussed …

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Crikey, did I eat that much?

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The old saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” has at last been proved true with the virtual collapse of the global financial system – and with it, quite possibly, the world’s economy.

But for the last decade …

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Even Middle East funding is under threat

The reach of the credit crisis is such that liquidity is even becoming hard to come by in the hugely wealthy Middle East, according to this report.

With so few petrochemical projects officially announced for the region post-2012 (although I …

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