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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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The New Normal World In 2021

By John Richardson

ALL of us would love to be able to see into the future. Chapter 4 of our new eBook, ‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal’, does just this.

It offers 10 predictions about how the world will …

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New Normal Course In Frankfurt On 16-17 June

The blog is excited about its first New Normal seminar in Frankfurt, Germany this month.

It follows February’s successful launch in Singapore, and is being held in association with International eChem on 16-17 June.

The Workshop aims to provide a comprehensive …

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Boom, Gloom and the New Normal published this week



Today, the blog is proud to announce the publication the first Chapter of its new eBook:

‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal: how Western BabyBoomers are changing global chemical demand patterns, again’

It is co-authored with Paul Hodges …

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Chemicals Growth Story Gets More Complicated

A Velozzi plug-in hybrid

Source of picture: www.zerauto.nl.blog


By John Richardson

Doom-mongers are claiming the end is nigh with the world heading for a double-dip recession.

This is happening at the same as the optimists are talking of the …

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