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August 15, 2014

Hedge fund Third Point reports holding a 22-million share stake in Dow Chemical, valued at $1.1 billion, according to its second-quarter report on US-traded equity holdings with SEC on 14 August. Third Point also reports new stakes in DSM and FMC. Jana Partners joined Third Point with a new FMC stake in the second quarter. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Third-Point-reports-1-8-percent-Dow-holding-Third-Point-Jana-take-stake-in-FMC_63234.html
July 23, 2014
Air Products chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi, who took the helm of the company on 1 July, says that a focus cash generation and improved capital allocation will drive company strategy....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/New-Air-Products-CEO-says-emphasis-on-cash-and-capital-allocation-to-guide-strategy_62682.html
April 16, 2013
Overall US chemical demand growth has been nothing if not consistent, and lackluster, for two years now....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/US-chemicals-Sideways_51143.html
March 11, 2013
Ferro’s stumble through the past few years appears likely to drive it into the hands of A. Schulman, a Cleveland-area rival. Schulman announced a hostile $6.50/share bid last week, valuing Ferro at $885 million (p. 6)....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/A-Schulman-bids-for-Ferro_50351.html
September 18, 2012
Emerging Asia and Mideast players continue to break through and reshape industry, as CW’s latest Billion-Dollar Club Ranking demonstrates (p. 21). New industry giants in...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Billion-Dollar-Club_46257.html
July 20, 2012

Chemicals and plastics have emerged as a key driver of economic growth across a large number of U.S. cities, according to a study by IHS Global Insight prepared for The United States Conference of Mayors (Washington).

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http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Whats-Driving-Economic-Growth-in-U-S-Cities-Chemicals_45101.html
May 23, 2012
Despite modest growth forecasts, refinery catalyst makers remain optimistic about their prospects. Demand for fuels in high-growth economies, particularly China, is transforming...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Fueling-Catalyst-Demand_43580.html
April 9, 2012
Sentiment at the recent American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers’ International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) highlights how quickly U.S. petrochemical markets have been...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Reversal-of-Fortune_42568.html
March 23, 2012
The rapid transformation of the North American petrochemicals outlook will dominate discussions at key industry conferences over the next few weeks, including the American Fuel and...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Petchem-Revival_42254.html
March 19, 2012
Opportunities on a scale not seen in decades are emerging for chemical makers, David Weidman, chairman and CEO of Celanese told attendees in accepting the Society of the Chemical Industry (SCI) American Section’s Chemical Industry Medal in New York last week....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/New-Realities_42073.html
January 10, 2012
Global chemical demand will continue to grow in 2012 even as solvency concerns in Europe, tightening credit and slower growth in China, and high unemployment in the U.S. weigh on...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/2012-Still-a-Growth-Story_40248.html
December 19, 2011
The theme of the Sixth Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Annual Forum, held earlier this month in Dubai, sums up the direction and challenge ahead for Mideast...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Mideast-Moves-Downstream_39833.html
October 31, 2011
Volumes have flattened in the third quarter but chemical makers have still managed to post higher earnings as prices and revenue continue to rise. BASF’s chemical operations and...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/World-is-Flat-Earnings-Are-Up_38665.html
October 18, 2011
Chemical Week magazine has a small cameo in the film “The Big Year,” which opened in the U.S. last Friday. The movie is a fictionalized account of Mark Obmascik’s 2004 book “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession.” The book tells the story of three men, including a former senior executive with Rohm and Haas, who take on the “Big Year," a competition among birders to find the most species of birds during the calendar year....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Rare-Bird-Alert-Chemical-Week-Sighting-in-The-Big-Year_38381.html
October 17, 2011
Our cover story this week assesses recovery in the fine chemicals industry as the sector readies for the CPhI meeting in Frankfurt later this month (p. 21). The outlook for contract...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Fine-Chemicals_38322.html
October 7, 2011
CW’s cover story this week gauges current industry conditions and sentiment as financial turmoil weighs on the global economy. Chemical makers are more cautious than earlier this...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Slow-but-Still-Growing_38150.html
August 8, 2011
You wouldn’t know that there are dire concerns about the economic outlook judging from second-quarter earnings results posted by chemical makers over the past few weeks. Growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Mixed-Signals_36719.html
July 19, 2011
Discussions initiated by Arch Chemicals regarding the potential acquisition of Lonza’s biocides business led instead to Lonza’s proposed $1.4-billion takeover of Arch. Details of how the transaction developed were included in a tender offer filing by Lonza with U.S. securities regulators....
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Archs-Pursuit-of-Biocides-Sparked-Lonza-Takeover-Bid_36244.html
June 28, 2010
Recovery has the chemical sector quickly shedding inhibitions about M&A. BASF has sealed a deal to acquire Cognis for €3.1 billion ($3.8 billion). And Akzo Nobel reached an...
http://www.chemweek.com/chem_ideas/Rob-Westervelt/Deals-Coming-Back-June-282010-CW-Insider_27708.html
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