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March 12, 2009ACC is continuing its fight against bans on bisephenol A (BPA). But what does the science say?...
March 12, 2009A survival checklist for running a company in China during the downturn...
March 11, 2009ACC CEO Cal Dooley wrote yesterday that the Obama administration’s proposal to auction permits for its cap-and-trade scheme would result in leakage, or the transferring of carbon emission from the U.S. into other, less regulated, economies. Not only would this offset any gains from a cap-and-trade system here...
March 10, 2009Massive expansions in liquefied natural gas capacity (LNG) over the past several years are scheduled to come online soon, and they may start flooding the market with LNG....
March 9, 2009In the course talking to people in the industry for our M&A cover story, some things fell through the cracks. This bit about the Dow-Rohm and Haas situation from Dan Watson, managing director at Blairgowrie Associates is among them....
March 5, 2009
Everyone – internet scammers included – seems to want a piece of the stimulus pie. But how large that pie is depends on where you’re eating it....
March 5, 2009Below is an unedited letter from a the head of a small-to-medium sized chemical company based in the U.K. detailing the firm's operational difficulties experienced during the past...
March 5, 2009
June 5, 2009I recently met with Rob Westervelt, Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Week, to discuss the current state of chemicals M&A. We discussed some key themes for the industry and the questions...
March 4, 2009During the economic downturn, with shrinking markets and lower pricing, surveys have shown that marketing and particularly funds for innovation and growth are amongst those hardest hit. As new, profitable innovations are owned by marketing, whilst their financing comes from the ability for the current business to generate profits, there is an intimate link between marketing and innovation....
March 4, 2009By Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx...
March 2, 2009
The impact of the downturn on the chemical sector is clear: volume and prices are down, backlogs are weak, operating rates continue to fall and virtually every customer has requested one or more price reductions. In response, commercial teams must ask themselves: “what can we do?”...
February 26, 2009Swings in company fortunes during the current unprecedented economic downturn are increasing the probability of turbulence for those managing REACH consortia....
February 26, 2009A study by Dr. Joakim Larsson et al (1) in September 2007 about fine chemical pollution in Patancheru, India has suddenly become an eye of a storm in India (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). There...
February 26, 2009Energy harvesting (EH) or scavenging is the use of ambient energy to provide electrical power for small electronic and electrical devices. The technologies employed variously...
February 20, 2009The global sustainability trend is still gaining pace. “Green”, environmentally conscious products are more in demand than ever before – and the chemical industry is adapting to this reality. ...
February 19, 2009A PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC; New York) report on chemical sector M&A in the fourth quarter found that deal value declined for the quarter and the entirety of 2008. The report...
February 17, 2009The European Commission will release the report of the High-Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Chemical Industry on Thursday, February 19. A sneak peak at the document...
February 17, 2009DuPont has dumped BASF, Dow Chemical, and PPG Industries from its peer group, according to its 2008 10-K report filed yesterday (just two days before Valentine’s Day in the U.S.). DuPont’s self-selected peer group, according to the report, has been revamped to include “more research-intensive companies with a scientific focus, versus commodity-based chemical companies.” Ouch!...
February 13, 2009As Congress nears passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus package, lawmakers, economists, and companies are asking exactly how much of the spending will result in real, near-term...
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