At the pump
Have car, will travel
1 December 2004
Statistically, China looks like a car salesman's heaven. With a population of about 1.3 billion, it has more than four times as many potential customers as the US, the world's largest car market. But the number of individually owned cars is less than one for every 100 people, compared with almost one for every two people in the US, writes Cris Heaton
Biofuels: from tiny acorns ...
1 September 2004
Conventional wisdom holds that only death and taxes are certain in life, but the prospect that one day we will no longer be able to power our vehicles on fossil fuels can safely be added to the list, writes Cris Heaton
Downstream business gets the high-tech treatment
1 June 2000
The downstream oil industry’s traditional business model focuses on selling the output of refineries rather than on satisfying customer needs. Control over the early stages of the value chain has historically been key to long-term success and profitability for the vertically-integrated major oil companies. However, the commodity nature of many refined petroleum products, and the pressures of globalisation are forcing companies rapidly to shift their emphasis, writes Neil Thomas, manager, energy practice, Arthur D Little, London