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European Processors Bemoan Volatility

By John Richardson

THE blog listened to an interesting discussion yesterday, on the first day of the 2nd ICIS World Polyolefins Conference in Berlin, during which plastics processors tackled the perennial issue of volatility.

They complained that:

*Trying to build …

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Germany’s Skills Shortage

By John Richardson

GERMANY’S engineering and chemicals companies are the envy of the world as a result of their ability to find perfect niches in the global value chain. The sophisticated machinery and chemicals needed by China to fulfil its …

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Reviving Youngstown

By John Richardson

THE blog turned 50 last week and so spare it some indulgence, as it is in a somewhat reflective mood.

Yesterday, it attended a Bruce Springsteen concert in Melbourne, Australia – the great song writer/social commentator in …

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US LNG Projects Up In The Air

By John Richardson

THE US petrochemicals industry is battling hard to block an explosion in liquefied natural gas (LNG) investments that they fear would result in a rise in ethane, propane and butane feedstock costs.

Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow …

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US Shale Row Flares UP

Sorry for the corny headline; we couldn’t resist it.

 

By John Richardson

THE argument that the switch to natural gas from coal and oil is good for the environment has been further undermined by reports earlier this week of …

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Creating Demand Through Better Healthcare

Source of picture: Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

PETROCHEMICALS companies have traditionally concentrated primarily on feedstock advantage, cost efficiencies and location in order to achieve success because demand during the Supercycle largely took care of itself. This is no …

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The End Of Growth

By John Richardson

OUR e-book, Boom Gloom & The New Normal, is a set of ideas meant to challenge conventional wisdom.

Some of our ideas will need to be adapted and discarded.

But our essential point is that the New Normal represents …

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Doing More With Less – The Products Of The Future

THE global economy is moving into a difficult period, as it transitions to the New Normal. Debt levels are high, and incomes are under pressure, particularly for the large numbers of people moving into retirement.

Cost must be the key criteria …

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When I’m 64

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? The Beatles asked the right questions back in 1967, when singing ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ on their iconic Sergeant Pepper album.

What would happen to the Western BabyBoomers when they became …

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China’s Long-term Shift In Inflation

By John Richardson

THE odd chemicals trader who has gone long might well seek to talk-up his or her markets by claiming that the slowdown in China’s inflation rate is great news.

But nobody interested in anything beyond the sale of …

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