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Searching For A Manufacturing Revival

By John Richardson

WALK into any airport bookshop and you will see shelf after shelf full of management and “get rich quick” books. How many books are you likely to see on inventing things and manufacturing? Hardly any…..

The danger …

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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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Innovation: No More Time Left To Lose

 

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By John Richardson

MY colleague Nigel Davis has written an excellent Insight article which highlights how some chemicals companies are seeking to respond to changing patterns.

As we have discussed before, Bayer Material Science …

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Planning For New Growth Patterns

By John Richardson

“Have you noticed that your parents spend less money than you do?” asks Merryn Somerset Webb in this Financial Times article. She agrees with us that the answer is, of course, “Yes”.

This very neatly brings the …

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Dow and DuPont Make Major Job Cuts

Dupont’s Ellen Kullman

 

By John Richardson

Dow Chemical’s decision to cut 2,400 jobs, as it posted a 32% drop in earnings per share, was the result of what CEO Andrew Liveris said was difficult conditions that “may have extended …

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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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China Politics

In the last of our series of blog posts on some of the major challenges facing China’s economy over the next 12-18 months, we look at politics.

 

 

By John Richardson

THE outcome of the battle over China’s economic …

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The Water Challenge

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By John Richardson

By 2050, the world’s 10 biggest river basins by population are expected to produce a quarter of global GDP, according to a report commissioned by HSBC, which was released in June.

The …

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China’s Demographic Crisis

          

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By John Richardson

IF all you can remember is strong emerging markets growth, then it is easy to be misled into only building into your scenarios the notion that China and …

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Global Economy Loses Suspension

By John Richardson

ISN’T it interesting how when you talk to someone involved in a petrochemicals project, either publicly or privately, their project is very often sufficiently to the left of the cost curve to gain a winning advantage over competitors?

Discussions …

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