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Electric vehicles: an evolution, not a revolution

April 26, 2019

Stephen George and Mark Routt

The trend in electric vehicle (EV) uptake is heading upwards. But are we really seeing the explosion in global ownership that is being predicted by the media? Are EVs seriously beginning to threaten the transport fuel markets? Here, Stephen George and Mark Routt, KBC’s chief economists, discuss the current state of the industry, and explain why the impact of EVs will be evolutionary, not revolutionary.

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Why Digitalization can be music to the ears of the energy and chemical industry

March 11, 2019

Duncan Micklem

The energy and chemical industry is a conservative one. Its processes may be complex and there’s more risk involved, but its outdated technology is in need of an upgrade if companies are going to move into the digital age. Find out what the process industries learn from the music sector in their Digitalization strategies.<br/>

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Four Digitalization projects to start today

January 29, 2019

Duncan Micklem, EVP Strategy and Marketing

All companies are at a different stage of their Digitalization journey and knowing how to get started can often prove challenging. Here, KBC's Duncan Micklem explores four Digitalization projects digitally wise businesses should start today.

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Digital twin technology and analytics - paving the way to flow assurance

January 21, 2019

Alessandro Speranza, Product Champion

Whilst previously upstream producers have focused on managing their assets for maximum production volume, in the current business environment the main thrust should be on growth. One key growth pathway is flow assurance in pipelines and networks. Here, Alessandro Speranza, Product Champion at KBC, explores how effective KPI setting, analytics and digital twin technology will drive flow assurance.

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The value of Digitalization

January 14, 2019

Duncan Micklem, EVP Strategy and Marketing

For many beginning their Digitalization journey, there is a strong pressure to deliver something big using one of the latest buzzwords – IIoT, Industry 4.0, Cloud, Edge, Big Data, Analytics. Proponents of this input-oriented approach risk applying technology for the sake of technology, without realizing its true value. Here we explore the outcomes and how Digitalization can deliver and sustain true value.

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Digitalization - Upstream's 'electric car' moment

December 7, 2018

Duncan Micklem, Strategy Director

A plant’s success is balanced on the collaboration between its engineers yet differing attitudes towards correlation-based analytics has driven reservoir engineers and process and production engineer’s worlds apart. Here, KBC's Duncan Micklem discusses how Digitalization could be the key to bridging this gap and unlocking trapped value within the upstream oil and gas industry. <br/>

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IMO 2020 - T minus 180

December 3, 2018

Mel Larson, Principal Consultant

The IMO regulation has given the industry a valid reason to improve itself. As the 2020 deadline approaches, changes to operating strategies are needed to make the most out of what will be a significant impact.

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Turning Vision 2050 into a reality

November 27, 2018

Stephen George, Chief Economist

Europe’s refiners, through their industry organization Fuels Europe, have set out their long-term ambitions in a new program called Vision 2050. The outlook sees them staking a claim to remain at the center of transport fuels supply, the petrochemicals industry, renewable fuels and energy - even as Europe’s Energy Union strategy mobilizes a low-carbon, sustainable energy transition. Here, KBC's Stephen George explains how refiners can turn Vision 2050 into a reality.

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Why the time to Digitalize is now

November 6, 2018

Duncan Micklem, Strategy Director

Rising operational costs, a retiring knowledge pool and aging, inflexible infrastructure are just three of a number of threats the process industries currently face. These challenges, however, can be resolved if plants adopt an efficient Digitalization strategy. Here, Duncan Micklem, Director of Business Strategy at KBC, argues why urgent action needs to be taken and the time to Digitalize is now.

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