Cost, knowledge and speed
30th September 2009 by

There is increasing evidence for the blog’s belief that the auto industry is embarking on a fu...

G-20 in self-congratulatory mood
29th September 2009 by

When the G-20 met last April, it issued a Communiqué containing just 688 words. Its Pittsburgh meet...

Chemicals face a new reality
28th September 2009 by

The blog believes that the landscape has changed during the current downturn. We came into it on the...

Oil prices slip as floating storage comes onshore
26th September 2009 by

Destocking is now well underway in crude oil markets. This is focused on the vast amounts of floatin...

4 tips for leaders in the “new normal”
25th September 2009 by

Last November, the blog suggested “4 tips for survival“, based on a Financial Times seri...

8th European Aromatics & Derivatives Conference – Early booking discount ends Sunday
24th September 2009 by

Our 8th European Aromatics & Derivatives conference, co-organised with ICIS, has a number of di...

ExxonMobil focuses on integration
23rd September 2009 by

ExxonMobil Chemicals was 6th in the ICIS list of Top 100 companies in 2002, during the last downturn...

Oil price fall could support the US$
21st September 2009 by

Pity your poor CFO. As well as keeping cashflow positive, they are also coping with major US$ volati...

Reported earnings forecast slow recovery when restocking ends
21st September 2009 by

US corporate earnings were down a record 89% in Q1 versus the previous 12 months at just $7. Q2 saw ...

EU chemicals volume down 10% versus 2005 levels
19th September 2009 by

The above chart, from Moncef Hadhri’s excellent monthly report from CEFIC (the European chemic...

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