Biden’s Earth Day Summit puts plastics recycling on the fast track
25th April 2021 by

Plastics has long been the ‘odd one out’ in terms of recycling. Steel, aluminium, glass,...

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Circular economy set to replace today’s broken global supply chains
21st March 2021 by

The Great Freeze in Texas has confirmed once again the problems with today’s global supply cha...

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EU focuses on a sustainable and circular plastics system
31st January 2021 by

“The challenges posed by plastics are to a large extent due to the fact that our production and co...

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Welcome to the New Normal – a look ahead to 2030
1st November 2020 by

10 years ago, I took a look ahead at what we could expect in the next decade, as discussed last week...

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China’s plastic ban and recycling launch marks end of ‘business as usual’ for plastics industry
26th January 2020 by

Paradigm shifts start slowly at first, and it is easy to miss them. But then one day, they suddenly ...

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Contingency planning is essential in 2020 as “synchronised slowdown” continues
12th January 2020 by

The IMF has now confirmed that the world economy has moved into the synchronised slowdown that I for...

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Polyethylene’s crisis will create Winners and Losers
8th December 2019 by

Polyethylene markets (PE) are moving into a crisis, with margins in NE Asia already negative, as I h...

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Portugal shows the way to climate neutrality by 2050
24th November 2019 by

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do”. The Irish proverb’...

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Day of reckoning approaches for US polyethylene expansions, and the European industry
8th September 2019 by

Planning for future demand in petrochemicals and polymers used to be relatively easy during the Baby...

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Stormy weather ahead for chemicals
24th March 2019 by

Four serious challenges are on the horizon for the global petrochemical industry as I describe in my...

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