2011 Budgets
16th October 2010 by

The blog will publish its annual Budget Outlook for 2011 next weekend. And so as usual, its now time...

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China, USA, give cash subsidies to electric autos
14th October 2010 by

Greater use of electric autos is a win-win for the chemical industry. They will not only reduce comp...

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Shell sees “supply revolution” in natural gas
13th October 2010 by

Natural gas markets, so important in relation to chemical feedstock availability and pricing, are un...

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Western retailing enters the New Normal
12th October 2010 by

More evidence is emerging of the major changes taking place in Western retailing as we transition to...

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NiTech wins ICIS Innovation Award
11th October 2010 by

Regular readers may remember that the blog is also non-exec chairman of NiTech Solutions, a technolo...

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Asian demand key to global chemical outlook
9th October 2010 by

As promised last week, the blog has undertaken its usual 6 monthly analysis of global chemical produ...

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Uncertainty rules in petrochemicals
7th October 2010 by

The blog’s former ICI colleague, Tom Crotty, aptly summarised the mood of most petchem players...

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Chemical Industry & Employment Outlook webinar
6th October 2010 by

The blog is pleased to have been invited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to join its online p...

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Markets anticipate the QE2 ‘Lifeboat Party’
5th October 2010 by

Warren Buffett, the legendary US investor once cautioned that “over time, markets will do extr...

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Shell focuses on profitable upgrading of hydrocarbons
4th October 2010 by

Business models have been changing over the past decade in the chemical industry, as illustrated in ...

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