The blog congratulates Teesside's industry leaders on their 10-point plan to safeguard the future of the area's chemical industry.
They have worked very quickly since the initiative was established last month. Clearly, self-help can only take the industry so far, in today's crisis. It is clearly right that government support should also be provided.
The blog hopes that Lord Mandelson, Business Secretary, responds positively to the request being made.
Teesside is the centre of the UK's chemical industry, and of its process industry. A strong chemical industry on Teesside is essential, if the UK is to develop a leading position in the low carbon industries of the future.