Tag Archives | the New Normal

A Call To Action

We are about to set out on a great journey as the world transitions to the New Normal.

The reason for the journey is that the world economy has changed irrevocably as a result of the financial crisis and the …

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Europe’s “Recovery” Falters

 

By John Richardson

THE mood in European ethylene and polyethylene (PE) markets has changed over the last two weeks, according to my ICIS pricing colleagues, Nel Weddle and Linda Naylor.

“A drop in crude oil and naphtha values saw speculation …

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Oil Prices And Demand Destruction

By John Richardson

THE danger that high oil prices pose to the global economy, and therefore, of course, petrochemicals demand, has been highlighted by a new report from HSBC.

It makes the point that quantitative easing, which has led to …

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The Changing Landscape For Manufacturers

 

The New Normal involves three major transformations in the nature of consumer markets, which are:

• The increasing size of the New Old 55+ age group in the West.

• Too many young people struggling with higher unemployment.

• …

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US Petchems: The Bigger Picture

By John Richardson

Access to cheap feedstock, access to cheap feedstock and access to cheap feedstock might seem like the three most-important elements to any petrochemicals strategy.

Thus, for many in the US, adding capacity based on abundant and therefore …

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China and India: No Guarantees

MOST chemical companies now believe it is inevitable that China and India will reach developed economy status. Many even believe that their strong growth will mean “the end of economic cycles”.

But as we discuss in Chapter 6 of ‘Boom, …

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This Is Not Merely A Rough Patch

By John Richardson

IT was interesting to read late last week about how certain chemicals analysts still believe that the big slump in the sector’s share prices might merely be a rough patch, possibly just a correction.

In this same excellent …

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Oil Prices, Wall Street And Economic Chaos

By John Richardson

Crude oil and commodities markets have lost touch with the fundamental realities. This didn’t just happen yesterday, but began a decade ago.That’s the argument the blog put forward in the latest chapter of our new free eBook, …

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