Chemicals and the Economy

China’s subsidy end boosts September’s auto sales
19th October 2011 by

Auto sales in the key global markets of China, USA and Europe present a mixed picture as we look tow...

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US, China, EU auto sales stall
28th September 2011 by

Auto sales in the world’s 3 main markets (China, USA, EU), saw much slower growth in the past ...

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Auto sales face weaker H2
21st July 2011 by

This week’s special blog series has focused on auto markets, a critical source of chemical dem...

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Ethylene derivative imports threaten European markets
19th April 2011 by

The chart above is a flashing amber light for European cracker operators. Based on ICIS Pricing data...

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Boom/Gloom index signals rising austerity
4th April 2011 by

Q1 was a very strong quarter for Western companies operating at the upstream end of the chemicals va...

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OECD indicators signal slower growth
24th February 2011 by

The OECD’s leading indicators for the global economy suggest that GDP growth is continuing to ...

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Europe sees 2-speed performance on auto sales
23rd February 2011 by

The blog is changing its chart for EU auto sales. The aim is to better show seasonal trends, and als...

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China’s PE imports slip: Middle East gains market share
31st January 2011 by

China has been the main source of chemical and polymer demand growth over the past 2 years. But newl...

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G-20 delivers “platitudes” as Obama hits at China
15th November 2010 by

The blog has a simple measure for the effectiveness of international meetings. It counts the number ...

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Asian demand key to global chemical outlook
9th October 2010 by

As promised last week, the blog has undertaken its usual 6 monthly analysis of global chemical produ...

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