Chemicals and the Economy

The blog’s 11th birthday – and a look forward to 2021
2nd July 2018 by

The blog has now been running for 11 years since the first post was written from Thailand at the end...

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Airbus warns of “dawning reality” there may be no Brexit deal
24th June 2018 by

Suddenly, businesses across Europe are waking up to the realisation that the UK is currently on cour...

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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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2018 Global Outlook – a mid-year update: ACS webinar on Thursday
12th June 2018 by

There will be no shortage of important topics to discuss on Thursday, at my regular Chemistry and t...

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Time to recognise the economic impact of ageing populations
10th June 2018 by

Is global economic growth really controlled by monetary policy and interest rates?  Can you create ...

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Financial markets party as global trade wars begin
3rd June 2018 by

More people left poverty in the past 70 years than in the whole of history, thanks to the BabyBoomer...

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China’s lending bubble is history
27th May 2018 by

As China’s shadow banking is reined in, the impact on the global economy is already clear, as ...

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Oil prices flag recession risk as Iranian geopolitical tensions rise
20th May 2018 by

Today, we have “lies, fake news and statistics” rather than the old phrase “lies, ...

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US ethylene prices near all-time lows as over-capacity arrives
13th May 2018 by

US ethylene spot prices are tumbling as the major new shale gas expansions come on line, as the char...

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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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