on October 31, 2014

“We have for many years addressed the very important issues of how to avoid becoming pregnant, how to avoid sexual diseases, how kids have a...

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on October 30, 2014

The best view is always from the top of the mountain.  And that seems where we are today in global auto markets.  They are on...

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on October 29, 2014

China’s ‘collateral trade’ is still a major force in world markets for iron ore, copper and even plastics such as polyethylene.  September’s data suggests...

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on October 28, 2014

Be very careful what you wish for.  That is the key message coming out of close analysis of China’s latest trade data. Recent media reports were...

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on October 27, 2014

“BASF, the world’s biggest chemical maker by sales, has slashed its revenue and earnings targets for 2015, following a further weakening of the European...

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on October 24, 2014

15 years ago, it was fashionable to dismiss eBusiness as a fairy story.  I remember those days well, as I had just raised $25m from major companies to...

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on October 23, 2014

Exactly a year ago this week, the INEOS petrochemical business at Grangemouth in Scotland was facing closure.  This would have been a disaster for the...

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on October 22, 2014

There are 2 ways to improve operating rates in an industry.  One is to increase volumes, the other is to reduce capacity.   The latest APPE data...

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on October 21, 2014

The blog’s latest post for the Financial Times, published on the BeyondBrics blog is below.Oct 20, 2014 10:48am By Paul Hodges of International eChem Two...

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on October 20, 2014

A blog reader has kindly sent the above cartoon from the financial pages of The Telegraph newspaper today. Clearly investors are beginning to share...

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