Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges

Wise words from Shell, BASF and Reliance
29th November 2009 by

In difficult times, the industry looks to the major companies for their advice. And they certainly p...

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UK downturn follows the 1930/34 path
7th November 2009 by

Politicians and analysts often focus on selling dreams. Otherwise, we might not be tempted to buy th...

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Insights from LyondellBasell and BASF
6th November 2009 by

Recent comments from LyondellBasell’s COO, and BASF’s CEO, seem worth highlighting as we...

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Companies remain cautious on the outlook
31st October 2009 by

The good news is that the stabilisation seen in Q2 has been maintained. But companies remain cautiou...

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China imposes 36% nylon tariff
20th October 2009 by

Protectionism continues to build, as unemployment rises around the world. ICIS news reports China ha...

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European refining margins drop 85%
15th October 2009 by

Our major Feedstocks for Profit Study last year foresaw difficult times ahead for European refiners....

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No sign of any upturn
2nd August 2009 by

This week’s company results have been keenly awaited, as the industry seeks to form a view on ...

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After destocking, chemical volumes still down 15-20%
21st June 2009 by

The great wave of destocking is finally coming to an end. And it is clear that underlying global dem...

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BASF sees “weak demand”, traders see recovery
30th April 2009 by

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, said today that they see “weak demand for ch...

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Difficult times call for tough decisions
15th April 2009 by

Downturns are difficult times. There is always the hope that markets might improve, and this can del...

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