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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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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