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Chemistry and the economy: 2018 outlook

2018-02-01T00:00:00+00:00By Agnes H. Baker

Every six months, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) does a survey of the chemical industry. Resident expert economist, Paul Hodges, examines the rises and falls in the economy and presents his views on the underlying forces driving the market.


Tackling over-capacity: An interview with the SMA


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


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


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


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


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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Real GDP up in second quarter advance estimate


According to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.2% in the US in the second quarter of 2016.

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


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

2016-03-28T00:01:00+01:00By 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

2016-02-01T00:01:00+00:00By 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


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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