Chemicals and the Economy

$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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US-China tariffs could lead to global Polyethylene price war
8th July 2018 by

I was interviewed on Friday about the likely impact of President Trump’s trade wars on the glo...

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Oil prices flag recession risk as Iranian geopolitical tensions rise
20th May 2018 by

Today, we have “lies, fake news and statistics” rather than the old phrase “lies, ...

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US ethylene prices near all-time lows as over-capacity arrives
13th May 2018 by

US ethylene spot prices are tumbling as the major new shale gas expansions come on line, as the char...

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US PE exports on front line as Trump changes trade policies
15th January 2018 by

It is almost a year since Donald Trump became President.  And whilst he has not followed through on...

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Difficult times ahead for US polyethylene exports as business models change
20th November 2017 by

This wasn’t the chart that companies and investors expected to see when they were busy finalis...

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Chemical industry data shows reflation remains hope, not reality
31st July 2017 by

Western central bankers are convinced reflation and economic growth are finally underway as a result...

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