Chemicals and the Economy

US becomes ‘The Snail Economy’ as its population ages
31st October 2013 by

There comes a moment in a debate when the argument is clearly won, and discussion moves on to practi...

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A little bit of China stimulus goes a long way in housing
30th October 2013 by

It was only a “mini-stimulus” that was delivered by China’s new leaders in July. ...

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Lessons from Grangemouth – how Europe can revive its industrial base
29th October 2013 by

Sometimes a crisis can concentrate minds on one key issue.  This was certainly the case last week, ...

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China’s polyester market warns of demand weakness ahead
28th October 2013 by

Something very important seems to be happening in China’s polyester’s markets. The blo...

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Budgeting for a VUCA world
26th October 2013 by

“I use the term VUCA to describe the world – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It ...

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India’s onion harvest boosts auto sales: Japan’s sales gently decline
25th October 2013 by

The blog’s pre-Budget Outlook review of the major auto markets concludes today with Japan and ...

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US auto market driven by used car sales trends
24th October 2013 by

September wasn’t such a good month for US auto sales, as the chart shows.  It was the first t...

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Grangemouth closure could force downstream converters to shut
23rd October 2013 by

  One never wants to see a major petchem plant shutdown, especially one with the history of Gra...

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European auto markets head in a new direction
23rd October 2013 by

The European auto market continues at 20-year lows, with sales down 4% in January – Septembe...

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China’s auto sales rise as bank lending booms
22nd October 2013 by

Autos are now the largest single manufacturing industry in the world.  Not only do they directly an...

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