Chemicals and the Economy

$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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2018 will see Winners and Losers appear in plastics markets
1st April 2018 by

Two major challenges face petrochemical and polymer producers and consumers in 2018: The likely disr...

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Goodbye to “business as usual” model for plastics
18th March 2018 by

Polymer markets face two major challenges in coming months. The most immediate is the arrival of t...

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West’s household spending heads for decline as population ages and trade war looms
11th March 2018 by

As promised last week, today’s post looks at the impact of the ageing of the BabyBoomers on t...

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