Tackling over-capacity: An interview with the SMA

23 March 2017By

Compromised capacity utilisation, the influx of cheap imports, and a serious erosion of profitability have forced the closure of several high-profile steel plants in the last three years.

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Oil – sustained low prices, sustained impact

9 March 2017By

The Linde Group has delivered increases in both group revenue and operating profit in its 2016 financial results released today, hampered only by the lower contribution from its Engineering Division and adverse exchange rate effects.

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Structural challenges continue

2 March 2017By

It will be interesting to see what projections The World Steel Association (worldsteel) presents next month in its April 2017 Short Range Outlook (SRO) report.

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Race to the White House: Another step into the unknown

7 November 2016By

When driving home from the office last night, I realised I was muttering along to the chorus of This Is Not America. I found myself thinking about the race to the White House and what the America of tomorrow will look like.

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Air Liquide Q3 financials: A new phase begins

25 October 2016By

Air Liquide has released solid financials in its latest results after Airgas operations contributed to the group’s performance over a full quarter for the first time, resulting in a total revenue upswing of 23.9%.

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Acceleration in US GDP in second quarter

26 August 2016By

US real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.1% in the second quarter of 2016 according to the ‘second’ estimate released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

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The ‘Brexit’ – a step into the unknown for the gases industry?

22 April 2016By

Most would agree upon the effects of collapse in oil prices over the last 18 months as it has fallen to as low as $30 per barrel. Similarly, many would acknowledge that the UK steel sector remains on a knife-edge and may be yet to reach its nadir. But the ...

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China unveils 13th Five-year plan

28 March 2016By Victor Leung

As the second-largest economy in the world, the policies and plans that the China government announced at the Fourth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress perhaps provide some hints for the development trend of what is now the second-largest industrial gas market.

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US Industrial Gases in Manufacturing: Trends in Key Markets

1 February 2016By Maura D. Garvey, published in CryoGas magazine

Maura D. Garvey looks at the US economy, changes in manufacturing trends, and their affect on the gases industry.

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Recession in Russian economy highlights challenges

25 January 2016By

Amidst a backdrop of sustained downward spiral in the price of oil over the last 12 months, preliminary figures emerging from Russia reveal the country’s economy contracted more than 3.5% last year.

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Opportunity created by a ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ market

8 December 2015By

A number of opportunities are waiting to be realised in the rapidly emerging Middle East industrial gases business, despite the creation of a ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ scenario in the market as a result of the crash in global oil prices.

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