New Normal course in Frankfurt on 16-17 June
31st May 2011 by

The blog is excited about its first New Normal seminar in Frankfurt, Germany next month. It follows ...

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M&A deals get more complex
30th May 2011 by

As always, the blog gained some key insights into the current M&A landscape this month, at the ...

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Petchem volumes slide in all 3 major regions
30th May 2011 by

Volume is a key driver for chemical company profits. High volume means operating rates increase, red...

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Crude stabilises as Goldman suggests $130/bbl target
29th May 2011 by

Week 5 of the IeC Downturn Alert saw more stability in the markets. This was largely due to the effo...

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China battles to achieve a ‘soft landing’
28th May 2011 by

China’s economy has been on steroids for the past 2 years. Faced with the loss of export sales...

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The journey of the plastic bag
26th May 2011 by

Plastic waste is an issue that doesn’t go away. And, of course, the plastics industry is unfai...

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Japan falls into recession, again
25th May 2011 by

Japan’s ageing population has led to slow economic growth for many years. It has battled for y...

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Europe’s supply-led ethylene market continues
24th May 2011 by

Q1 saw near record margins for European petchem producers. And there was also a scramble for product...

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Background to the New Normal eBook
23rd May 2011 by

The blog was interviewed today by ICIS’ Will Beacham, on the launch of its new eBook ‘Bo...

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Boom, Gloom and the New Normal published today
23rd May 2011 by

Today, the blog is proud to publish the first Chapter of its new eBook: ‘Boom, Gloom and the N...

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