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Benchmarking was first used by cobblers (shoemakers) to measure your feet: “A mark on the bench." The word and concept took off in the business world during the 1980s, partly in response to the shock of the Japanese success in industrial markets. Hundreds of books have been written on the…
Seasoned executives tend to say about sharp downturns, “We have seen this all before." Some even add "laddie" (a Scottish term for "boy"), at the end of the sentence, addressing those who are too young to have experienced this turmoil before. To some extent, cyclical downturns in oil and gas…
From time to time there are major shifts in value along an industry sector. The recent shift in so called “profit pools” within the airline/aerospace value chain, for example, has led to traditional airlines finally recovering lost ground after the shock of the low cost airline disruption, and with recent…

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DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER EUROPEAN REFINERIES are under increasing pressure from market forces, allowing product imports from the Middle East, Russia and United States. New capacity from large efficient refineries are coming on stream in the Middle East adding to the pressure. KBC are seeing a "multi speed" Europe when…
Download the White Paper FOR FIVE YEARS, high energy prices drove strong capital investment and strong profit margins throughout the industry. Those same economics also encouraged technical innovations that led to a rapid oil production increase and an increasingly oversupplied energy market. At some point, the market had no choice…

Outlooks on Energy

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