Archive | April, 2010


The petrochemical supply tsunami is on its way!

BY JOHN RICHARDSON/SINGAPORE It has been an amazing 18 months in global petrochemicals and plastics during which the tsunami of new supply from Asia and the Middle East has been constantly delayed. This, along with deep operating cuts by Western producers, has created tight markets. The industry has further benefited from Chinese demand growth that has […]

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Volcanic and economic disruptions

Expect the unexpected! That message has been driven home through the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009. Who could have foreseen Mother Nature’s volcanic surprise? Along with stranding thousands of travelers, including this global editor, the volcano’s economic impact will be felt throughout the world. Jet fuel prices in Europe and the US tumbled […]

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