Chemicals and the Economy

BASF’s second profit warning highlights scale of the downturn now underway
9th December 2018 by

The chemical industry is easily the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And thanks to K...

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Chemistry & the Economy: 2019 Outlook
4th December 2018 by

There will be no shortage of important topics to discuss on Thursday, at my regular Chemistry and th...

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Brexit moves from ‘Snakes and Ladders’ to cricket
2nd December 2018 by

The Brexit debate had appeared to be a simple game of Snakes & Ladders till now.  The Leave cam...

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Asian downturn worsens, bringing global recession nearer
25th November 2018 by

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And my visit to Singap...

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Your ‘A-Z Guide’ to the Brexit Negotiations
18th November 2018 by

“The UK is now facing a national crisis”, according to Margaret Thatcher’s former ...

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Global smartphone recession confirms consumer downturn
11th November 2018 by

Q3 smartphone sales data show the global market in recession, as Strategy Analytics confirmed: “Th...

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Chemical output signals trouble for global economy
4th November 2018 by

A petrochemical plant on the outskirts of Shanghai. Chinese chemical industry production has been ne...

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Budgeting for the end of “Business as Usual”
28th October 2018 by

Companies and investors are starting to finalise their plans for the coming year.  Many are assumin...

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“What could possibly go wrong?”
21st October 2018 by

I well remember the questions a year ago, after I published my annual Budget Outlook, ‘Budgeti...

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Rising interest rates, volatile exchange rates, high oil prices and plastic waste challenge aromatics industry
18th October 2018 by

Fears are rising about the risks of recession, as I discuss in a new one-page summary of the key iss...

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