Moody’s sees negative outlook for Asian petchems
17th March 2009 by

Its not just the World Bank that is concerned about the outlook for East Asia. Today, Moody’s ...

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Dow pays $78.97/share for Rohm & Haas
11th March 2009 by

The blog has always had enormous respect for Dow. This was due to their ability to manage unconventi...

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Cracker margins remain under pressure
9th March 2009 by

The chart above, from Paul Ray’s excellent ‘ICIS Weekly Margin Report’, clearly sh...

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BASF – the German oil and gas company
2nd March 2009 by

BASF’s reported results for 2008 show that its profits are increasingly coming from the oil an...

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Asian exports collapse – Japan’s fall 46%
26th February 2009 by

Japan’s exports fell 46% in January, after a 35% fall in December. Exports to the US fell 53%,...

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Abu Dhabi snaps up Nova Chemicals
24th February 2009 by

Nova’s CEO, Jeffrey Lipton, has always been the great optimist of the petrochemical industry. ...

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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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Resilience, team-work, key to survival
15th February 2009 by

Last week, the blog spent 2 days at Wilton in the UK, one of the world’s largest and most inte...

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China allocates $58bn to stimulate petchem exports
13th February 2009 by

China plans to increase petchem production as a way of stimulating its economy. According to the Chi...

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The man with a plan
11th February 2009 by

Yet again, as in October, ‘buy on the rumour, sell on the news’ has been the financial m...

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