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No “Breakthrough Year” For The US In 2014

By John Richardson

PEOPLE who trade in oil, other commodities and equities don’t buy that many chemicals and polymers because, of course, relative to the US population as a whole, they number very few.

Thus, the challenge for 2014, as …

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The US Growth Conundrum

By John Richardson

WHERE is the growth in the US economy going to come from to consume the big increase in the country’s ethylene and derivatives production due to take place from 2017 onwards?

This is a question that continues …

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Chemicals Companies Risk Losing Market Muscle

By John Richardson

IT used to be so easy. All you had to do was build a feedstock-advantage plant outside China and/or build a plant in China and demand would take care of itself.

The reason was that China was …

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Generic Strategies No Longer Good Enough

By John Richardson

DURING the economic Supercycle life was easy for chemicals companies.

Strong and constant demand growth was assured and so all they had to do was focus on building new, cost-effective capacity. Top-down strategy was generic – a …

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Death By A Thousand Cuts

By John Richardson

COST cutting and disciplined operating rates have been two of the factors that have helped maintain European cracker and polyethylene (PE) profitability at pretty healthy levels since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

So …

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Average Babyboomer Turns 55

Today is a day for celebration, as it marks the day that the average Western BabyBoomer, born in 1958, will join the New Old 55+ generation! This is a truly remarkable moment. Even 100 years ago, as the chart above …

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US Manufacturing Exam Question

A lot more than just the standard Model T.,,,

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By John Richardson

THE question on my exam paper this Monday morning is what this outstanding article by the author, Charles Fishman, in The Atlantic …

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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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Dictating Chemicals Demand

 

 

By John Richardson

SOME commodity chemicals companies still assume that, if they build new supply, demand will always eventually catch up with supply.

The risks of not building new capacities, at times of easy financing and feedstock availability, …

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France’s Difficult Future

By John Richardson

Francois Hollande, who has the won the French presidential election, talks about cutting the retirement age to 60 from 62 for people who have worked for 41 years.

This is a handy slogan for an election campaign.…

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