The blog in 2009

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The blog is now 2.5 years old. Readership continues to grow, both within the chemical industry and its investment community. It is now read in 121 countries, and 2735 cities, versus 89 countries and 1244 cities a year ago. Readers are also very loyal, with 23% reading it twice a week.

Its readership covers all the major areas of chemical production. The UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, China, India, France, Singapore, Belgium make up the Top 10 countries, with Japan, S Korea, Italy, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Russia all featuring in the top 25. English is a 2nd language for most readers, who speak 55 different first languages.

The blog aims “to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months“, and so it focuses on:

• The major companies
• Key consumer industries, including housing and autos
• Economic data such as GDP, industrial production and exports
• Developments in oil and financial markets

698 posts have been made in total, with 142 written in the past 6 months.

The blog’s annual Budget Outlook continues to attract strong interest. This year’s, ‘Budgeting for a New Normal’, was also the subject of a well-supported Webinar, and will shortly be published as a White Paper.

Thank you very much for your continued support.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He also serves as a Global Expert for the World Economic Forum. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry and the global economy over the next 12 – 18 months. It looks behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in critical areas such as oil prices, China and Emerging Markets, currencies, autos, housing, economic growth and the environment. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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One Response to The blog in 2009

  1. Kris 31 December, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Keep up the good work in 2010 and more will follow 😉

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