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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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