Chemicals and the Economy

US auto market remains “very fragile”
5th May 2010 by

US auto sales (black line) in April showed welcome improvement versus 2009, but were still a long wa...

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The Greek carriage hits the buffers as the ‘slow motion train wreck’ continues
4th May 2010 by

The blog remains amazed, and worried, by the inability of many of those reponsible for the global fi...

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China’s Dalian volumes drop 74%
3rd May 2010 by

A year ago, China’s Dalian futures exchange was hitting its peak, in terms of polymer volume. ...

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Chemical companies see upturn, but not yet a sustained recovery ahead
1st May 2010 by

The chemical industry is a well-known leading indicator for the world economy. Yet 18 months after t...

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Shell’s 30-year rule for new energy technology adoption
29th April 2010 by

Shell CEO Peter Voser has made a fascinating speech in China, where he highlights the length of time...

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US house prices face ‘double-dip’ risk
28th April 2010 by

February was a milestone in US house markets. For the first time since December 2006, prices were hi...

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US army wages war on PowerPoint
27th April 2010 by

The PowerPoint programme revolutionised business meetings in the early 1990’s. No longer did p...

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Middle East worries about rise of dumping charges
27th April 2010 by

Trade protectionism is on the rise around the world, as the blog forecast in its Budget Outlook back...

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INEOS was refused help by the UK government
26th April 2010 by

INEOS CEO Jim Ratcliffe has told the Sunday Times that the UK government “refused financial he...

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Betting against the American dream
26th April 2010 by

The political firestorm inspired by the SEC’s citing of Goldman Sachs for fraud shows no sign ...

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