Top 10 posts in 2009

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Blog readers have a wide range of interests.

That is clear from the list below of the Top 10 posts in 2009.

It also confirms the complexity of the chemical industry, and its fascination.

In alphabetical order, it is as follows:

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
Companies remain cautious on the outlook
“Green shoots” likely to be “yellow weeds”
IEA warns on economic downturn, lower oil demand
‘It’s the price that matters’: Wal-Mart and Tesco signal a major change in consumer priorities
New US auto fuel standards provide chemical companies with major opportunities
OPEC worries about weak oil market fundamentals
Rotterdam oil storage running out of space
Russia’s chemical production tumbles
The nudist beach on Wall Street

Interestingly, the list includes 2 ‘classic’ posts from 2007 and 2008, which are obviously still valued by many readers as reference points:

• The insight from Tesco and Wal-Mart which pinpoints the moment at which consumer priorities began to shift from ‘wants’ to ‘needs’
• Warren Buffett’s then controversial views on financial markets, just before they began to implode.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. 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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