Chemicals and the Economy

Smartphone sales continue their decline, whilst $25 smart feature phones open up new markets
4th August 2019 by

Global smartphone sales have now been falling for 8 consecutive quarters, since Q3 2017. They are no...

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Smartphone market decline begins to impact global stock markets
19th May 2019 by

The bad news continues for the world’s smartphone manufacturers and their suppliers.  And Pre...

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There’s a great future for the European plastics industry in recycled plastic
5th May 2019 by

Europe’s plastics industry is under major threat from the growing legislative and consumer bac...

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$60bn opportunity opens up for plastics industry as need to eliminate single-use packaging grows
17th March 2019 by

150 businesses representing over 20% of the global plastic packaging market have now agreed to start...

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IKEA heads into the circular world with furniture subscription trial
10th February 2019 by

“Once upon a time, Granny and Grandad used to go to a large shop on the motorway to buy their ...

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Fed’s magic money tree hopes to overcome smartphone sales downturn and global recession risk
3rd February 2019 by

Last November, I wrote one of my “most-read posts”, titled Global smartphone recession ...

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Global smartphone recession confirms consumer downturn
11th November 2018 by

Q3 smartphone sales data show the global market in recession, as Strategy Analytics confirmed: “Th...

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Trump’s auto trade war adds to US demographic and debt headwinds
6th August 2018 by

President Trump’s auto trade tariffs are bad news for the US and global auto industry, as the ...

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Plastics recycling paradigm shift will create Winners and Losers
17th June 2018 by

My new analysis for iCIS Chemical Business highlights the paradigm shift now underway in the plasti...

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Apple, Xiaomi squeeze smartphone mid-market as sales plateau
6th May 2018 by

The global smartphone market has finally gone ex-growth as China’s slowdown continues.  In tu...

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