Weak demand – and the illusion of a return to “normal”
28th February 2021 by

My new interview with Real Vision focuses on the major changes underway in the economy. Our analysis...

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Look for Winners and Losers in 2021
10th January 2021 by

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”. Lenin’s f...

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Businesses face “biggest imposition of red tape in 50 years” as Brexit begins
3rd January 2021 by

Most companies had closed when the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was finally annou...

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US chemical companies face ‘wake-up call’ as Biden focuses on the Climate Change agenda
13th December 2020 by

I worked for many years at a world-leading chemical company, ICI. But sadly, it lost its way as seni...

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OPEC set to lose out as Biden, EU and China focus on Climate Change opportunities
6th December 2020 by

OPEC used to dominate global oil markets. In the early 1980s, there was even talk of another OPEC ca...

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Plastics producers face a ‘wake-up call’ from both ends of the value chain
22nd November 2020 by

Plastics producers have had a great run over the past 60 years, as demand took off for their product...

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Welcome to the New Normal – a look ahead to 2030
1st November 2020 by

10 years ago, I took a look ahead at what we could expect in the next decade, as discussed last week...

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If you don’t want to know the future, look away now
25th October 2020 by

Next week, I will publish my annual Budget Outlook, covering the 2021-2023 period. It will highlight...

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Chemical industry has key role in helping to create a more sustainable world
20th September 2020 by

The chemical industry has a critical role to play in enabling the world to “build back better&...

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The New Normal for global industry
31st May 2020 by

The global chemical industry is the third largest sector in the world behind agriculture and energy,...

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