Chemical company results highlight growing weakness down the value chains
16th November 2016 by

Looking down the table below of chemical company’s reports, its hard to be very optimistic abo...

World Aromatics Conference focuses on key industry challenges
8th November 2016 by

The 15th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference take place in Vienna in 2 weeks’ time o...

Global demand slowdown hits chemical industry results
15th August 2016 by

Its not been a great 6 months for the global chemical industry, and my usual quarterly survey of com...

Force majeures at all-time highs even before downturn begins
22nd July 2016 by

There is no such thing as an accident.  The chemical industry, like others, has known this for over...

ACS webinar on Brexit and the challenges of over-supply
18th July 2016 by

Chemistry and the Economy: 2016 Mid-year review The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Bre...

US polypropylene imports rise as China aims for self-sufficiency
6th July 2016 by

Difficult times lie ahead for global polymer markets, as I note in a new analysis for ICIS Chemical ...

Surplus chemical industry capacity reaches 26% as demand slows
30th May 2016 by

Global demand is continuing to slow, yet chemical industry capacity is continuing to ramp up.  As a...

Chemical industry is the best indicator of EM outlook – and the outlook is not good
20th May 2016 by

Policymakers would be better off following the fortunes of the chemical industry, if they wanted to ...

China’s polymer expansions make new US exports hard to place
29th April 2016 by

China used to be the manufacturing capital of the world.  It would buy raw materials, and sell fini...

Brazil’s PE market shifts from import to export as recession bites
22nd April 2016 by

4 years ago, Brazil’s polyethylene market flagged up the first warning signs that its GDP was ...

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