Supply chains to shift from global to local
26th June 2017 by

We are living in an ever more uncertain world, where “business as usual” is becoming the least l...

2017 Global outlook – ACS webinar on Thursday
20th June 2017 by

My 6-monthly webinar for the American Chemical Society is on Thursday at 2pm EDT – please clic...

The blog’s 10th birthday
19th June 2017 by

My first blog post was written exactly 10 years ago this week, on 22 June 2007, from Bangkok in Thai...

Oil price weakness will unmask reflation and recovery myth
15th June 2017 by

Oil markets have been at the centre of the recent myth that economic recovery was finally underway. ...

Metastable markets at risk from impact of US, UK political stalemate
12th June 2017 by

We are living in very uncertain times, where the only certainty is that there is no “business ...

China’s changed priorities signal end to stimulus
8th June 2017 by

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ project and the need to reduce pollution have replace...

Chemical industry downturn challenges stock market optimism
5th June 2017 by

Stock markets used to be a reliable indicator for the global economy, and for national economies. Bu...

Sinopec’s results confirm China’s focus on employment and self-sufficiency, not profit
1st June 2017 by

China’s strategies for oil, refining and petrochemical production are very different from thos...