Buy small and local to survive

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Chemicals demand still exists, believe it or not, but the new economic order -one that could last as long as six years – requires new approaches.

Purchasing managers need to start acting locally as well as globally.

Who would want …

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Heading for extinction

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Unbelievable, incredible – what prehistoric planet do these people live on?

Please see below for a rant from a-soon-to-be-extinct species of business leader – the US chemicals executive against Barack Obama.

I have my doubts about Obama, but at least …

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All those wasted lives – but at least you got your bonus

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Mr Obscenely Rich Got Out In Tiime Banker, please look into these eyes, see the pain from the last Great Depression and maybe you will give some of your obscenely huge bonus towards poverty relief.

And perhaps also you’ll be …

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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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