Tag Archives | European economy

Europe’s Economic “Recovery”

 

By John Richardson

EUROZONE GDP expanded 0.3% in the second quarter of this year and it will probably also have expanded in Q3. As a result, if you view the end of a recession as two consecutive quarters of …

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Europe’s Rubbish Solution

 

By John Richardson

SHALE gas may never be a significant energy solution for Europe because the political challenges are just too great, as this article in the Financial Times points out.For example, the FT writes that:…

Fracking is banned

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Post-War Fabric Of Europe Under Threat

The excellent article below from Paul Taylor at Reuters, which with his permission we publish in full below, describes how the European crisis is far from over, despite the hopes of financial markets following Mario Draghi’s pledge “to whatever it takes” …

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China’s PE Cycle Repeats Itself

By John Richardson

THE above chart shows that China’s polyethylene (PE) demand growth has been well below that of overall GDP for most of the years between 2006 and 2012.

This supports the argument that economic growth has been too …

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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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European Petchems Face Tough Choices

 

By John Richardson

AT LEAST one global polyolefins producer is rumoured to be shipping increased volumes of resin from the US to Europe in response to the shale gas-derived shift in competitiveness.

“Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris is making …

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China Politics Before Economics

By John Richardson

CHINA’S manufacturing activity did, at least, stabilise in September after hitting a nine-month low in August, according to the latest preliminary HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI).

The PMI improved to 47.8% in September compared with 47.6% …

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Europe Markets Lure Asian Polyolefins

By John Richardson

EXACTLY the same scenario is playing out in European polyolefin markets, as in Latin America and possibly the US, my ICIS colleague Linda Naylor reported last Friday.

High polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices in Europe have …

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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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China Downside Continues To Surprise

 

By John Richardson 

THE statistics speak for themselves. For example:

*The full HSBC August manufacturing index for China, which was released last Friday, showed that manufacturing input costs were rising at their fastest rate for four months, suggesting that …

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