Hope is not a strategy
30th September 2016 by

Chemical companies face difficult times if they cling to the hope that current challenges will simpl...

US polypropylene imports rise as China aims for self-sufficiency
6th July 2016 by

Difficult times lie ahead for global polymer markets, as I note in a new analysis for ICIS Chemical ...

China’s G20 shutdowns will impact global economy
10th June 2016 by

Imagine your government decided to shutdown most of the industry in two major cities for 2 weeks or ...

Clouds gather over global polymer markets as China imports drop
1st June 2016 by

Difficult times lie ahead for global polymer markets.  It would be bad enough that downstream users...

China power demand surge ends as Old Normal economy slows
24th February 2016 by

The decline in China’s electricity consumption growth highlights the remarkable slowdown under...

Europe can win despite age trends
2nd June 2015 by

We all know that Europe has an ageing population.  Germany and Italy, for example, have median ages...

3D printing to move manufacturing closer to the customer
24th October 2014 by

15 years ago, it was fashionable to dismiss eBusiness as a fairy story.  I remember those days wel...

Indian Oil join campaign to build toilets in India
9th October 2014 by

The blog is delighted to be able to congratulate Indian Oil (IOC) on becoming the first company to ...

Turkish plastics markets see imports fall for first time since 2008
7th October 2014 by

Turkey is the blog’s “go-to” market when it wants to confirm trends in global mark...

Polymer markets at risk if China’s ‘collateral trade’ unwinds
1st October 2014 by

Global metal markets are at growing risk from developments in China’s ‘collateral trade&...

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