Strong speaker line-up for European Aromatics conference
21st July 2010 by

Our 9th European Aromatics and Derivatives Conference will be held in Berlin on 23-24 November. Co-o...

TOTAL moves forward on methanol to olefins
8th July 2010 by

Coal was the original source of most chemicals. It was then replaced in the 1960’s by oil-base...

Dow focuses on Performance, Market-Driven businesses
17th May 2010 by

10 years ago, Dow was in the middle of completing its $12bn Union Carbide acquisition. This made it ...

Dow puts debt problems behind it
4th March 2010 by

A year ago, the Dow Chemical stock price was below $6, giving the company a total market capitalisat...

CEOs remain cautious over 2010 Outlook
27th February 2010 by

The blog’s quarterly survey of company Outlook statements shows CEOs remain very cautious. The...

Opportunities for the New Decade
1st January 2010 by

Over the past century, many parts of the world have seen an extraordinary increase in living standar...

The blog in 2009
28th December 2009 by

The blog is now 2.5 years old. Readership continues to grow, both within the chemical industry and i...

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...

The banks’ plumbing systems appear to be blocked
8th August 2009 by

The blog’s favourite financial journalist, Gillian Tett, has written an excellent article summ...

Dow aligns US ethylene balances
2nd July 2009 by

Capacity closures are always hard to achieve in the petchem industry: • First, these are a ‘...

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