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China And Aramco IPO: Win, Wins From A Closer Relationship

By John Richardson

NO SMOKE without fire? Perhaps, as there more and more reports that China will buy into next year’s Saudi Aramco IPO.. This would further cement already strong economic and geopolitical ties between China and Saudi Arabia. It …

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The Opportunities For 2016 And Beyond Are Huge

A happy festive season and all the best for the New Year to my readers. What should chemicals companies do to be successful in 2016 and beyond. What follows will help. I am taking a break from blogging, but will …

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A Chilling Chinese Export Rumour

 “They are so cheap, I might even buy one as a hedge against global warming”

Source of picture: www.formalwilderness.blogspot.com


This blog has spent a lot of time tormenting itself over the sustainability of China’s extraordinary economic rebound during 2009.…

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It’s tough at the top…….

It’s easy to take pot shots at the boss, and everyone of course feels they have been underpromoted and could do the job better themselves. Andrew Liveris is just the latest in a long line of CEOs to experience both …

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The world is round after all

Back in the heady days of 2006, I asked a group of five like-minded nerds what their favourite business book was.

They unanimously voted for The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman.

I …

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Even the goldfish will get it

Another great article in The New Scientist talks about a new system for mapping much more precisely the impact of climate change on eco-systems.

Designed by The Nature Conservancy, the system – linked with Google Maps – will enable conservationists …

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China’s growth conundrum

I couldn’t let today pass without including a picture of the Olympic Stadium in Beijing where the opening ceremony is about to take place.

The purpose of this redefined blog is not to look at the short term, though. For …

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The West can still be the best

It is very easy assume that Asia ex-Japan will eventually catch up with the West and become as good at “solution” chemicals as the West. I am excluding Japan because it has long been a major speciality player.

All the …

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Innovate or lose your job

Continuing my environmental theme, I’ve been musing over building a new training course around helping companies help their employees to think outside the box. This is a tough task in certain companies and cultures.

As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said, …

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How clean are coal-to-liquids? Does it really matter?

Paul Hodges, in his excellent chemicals and the economy blog, talks about the recent Shenhua Energy listing on the Shanghai stock exchange and how it shares jumped by 93% following the IPO. Now it has ample cash to pursue its …

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