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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$60bn opportunity opens up for plastics industry as need to eliminate single-use packaging grows
17th March 2019 by

150 businesses representing over 20% of the global plastic packaging market have now agreed to start...

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Asian downturn worsens, bringing global recession nearer
25th November 2018 by

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And my visit to Singap...

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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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Ethane price hikes, China tariffs, hit US PE producers as global market weakens
23rd September 2018 by

Sadly, my July forecast that US-China tariffs could lead to a global polyethylene price war seems to...

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