Chemicals and the Economy

Petrochemicals must face up to multiple challenges
14th October 2018 by

Europe’s petrochemical sector must prepare now for the trade war, US start-ups, Brexit and the...

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High oil prices take European operating rates to record lows
22nd August 2013 by

Life doesn’t get any easier for Europe’s olefin producers and the consumers who depend on them....

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Markets in wait-and-see mode as holiday season arrives
12th August 2013 by

Markets have moved into summer holiday mode in recent weeks whilst they wait for a new direction, a...

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Consensus views on growth, commodity regulation, start to change
29th July 2013 by

In early March, the blog described itself as feeling like “a lonely voice, focused on what is ...

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Cotton prices slip as India reverses export ban
14th March 2012 by

Cotton prices are falling again, since Monday’s reversal by the Indian government of its propo...

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Lower refining rates support EU petchem margins
24th August 2010 by

Sometimes every cloud does have a silver lining. And that’s currently the case with the fall i...

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Oil prices weaken as inventories continue to build
23rd August 2010 by

Oil markets are an accident waiting to happen for the chemical industry. Oil inventories around the ...

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TOTAL warn on oil supplies
18th February 2009 by

TOTAL’s CEO, Christophe de Margerie, has become even more pessimistic on the future of oil sup...

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Saudi plays hard-ball on oil prices
6th December 2008 by

A month ago, with WTI at $70/bbl, the blog suggested that: “If refiners are forced to cut runs...

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Saudi Arabia calls for $75/bbl oil
1st December 2008 by

The King of Saudi Arabia is the most important person in the oil industry. He controls the largest o...

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