President Xi focuses on pollution, not growth, as key Party Congress nears
18th September 2017 by

Imagine living in the capital city of a major country, and suffering the level of pollution shown in...

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Trump policies to impact global supply chains, US stock markets
23rd January 2017 by

Wall Street’s post-election rally suggests that many investors currently have the wrong idea about...

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Today’s New Normal world – the challenge of the 100-year life
28th December 2016 by

2016 saw the start of the Great Reckoning for the failure of stimulus policies. Political and social...

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Industry needs new strategy to spread benefits of globalisation
25th November 2016 by

The Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s election, confirm that we are in a New Normal world.  In ...

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China’s G20 shutdowns will impact global economy
10th June 2016 by

Imagine your government decided to shutdown most of the industry in two major cities for 2 weeks or ...

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US home-ownership returns to 1960’s levels
11th May 2016 by

US home ownership is back at levels seen briefly in the mid-1980s, and before that in the mid-1960s....

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Saudi plans to transform Aramco to energy /industrial company
27th April 2016 by

“Within 20 years, we will be an economy that doesn’t depend mainly on oil“. With t...

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Auto sales slump in Japan, Brazil and Russia as China slows
17th February 2016 by

China’s slowdown is continuing to reverberate around the world.  One way of measuring this is...

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Expect $25 – $30/bbl oil and lower chemical prices in 2016
11th January 2016 by

More than $2.3tn was wiped off the value of global stocks last week as China’s slowing economy and...

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Q3 results suggest need for new strategies, business models
9th November 2015 by

Global chemical production growth continues to slow from the peak of 3.7% seen in April 2014.  Sept...

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