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November 8, 2010
Chemical makers continued to post big profit gains in the third quarter. Companies cite margin expansion and volume growth as top drivers of earnings improvement. Higher selling prices...
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...
June 4, 2010
CW's cover story this week looks at specialty chemical makers. The sector has been traditionally defined as higher-margin, lower-volume products sold on the value they provide in use...
May 28, 2010
Monsanto’s decision to revamp commercial strategy for Roundup puts one of industry’s finest cash cows out to pasture. “The reality that Chinese glyphosate capacity is...
May 24, 2010
Chemical distributors have weathered the financial storm and emerged intact, as this week’s cover story shows. Early 2010 performance has improved, and distributors continued to...
May 14, 2010
Recovery is also brightening deal prospects in the chemical sector. About $4.5 billion in deals were completed in first-quarter 2010, up from just $300 million at the trough of the...
April 9, 2010
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February 26, 2010
Our cover story week features an interview with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris on company’s transformation. Dow was essentially ready to carry out that conversion to a specialty...
February 22, 2010
Fertilizers are one segment where merger and acquisition activity continue. Nearly $10-billion in agreed deals have been announced so far this year. Yara International (Oslo), the...
February 12, 2010
After a brisk exit from the North American packaged gases sector in 2002, Air Products is seeking a grand reentrance via a hostile takeover of Airgas. Air Products, which formally...
February 5, 2010
Air Products must see big things in small packages again. The company unveiled an unsolicited offer to acquire U.S. packaged gas leader Airgas last Friday for about $7 billion...
January 29, 2010
Chemical makers have returned to profit and volumes are starting to turn positive again, but a look at volume trends makes clear that recovery still has a long way to go. Double-digit...
January 11, 2010
All indications point to continued recovery this year, led by China. Producers are optimistic that the gradual demand improvement since second-quarter 2009 can be sustained in the new...
January 5, 2010
Chemical Week’s last issue of 2009 looked at the stories and trends that had the biggest impact on industry over the past 10 years. The overarching trend was globalization, which advanced rapidly despite two recessions and fears of backlash against globalization after 9/11. Consolidation and de-consolidation, acquisitions, and regulatory action also changed the industry over the past 10 years. http://chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/23632.html
Our next issue, which will be available online on January 8, looks ahead and assess the industry landscape for the year ahead in 2010.
A recap of key stories that you may have missed over the holidays can be found at chemweek.com using the links below.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year,
Rob Westervelt

October 30, 2009
Our cover story this week looks at Latin America as APLA’s 29th Latin American Petrochemical Meeting nears. Some economies were hard hit, while others have shown remarkable...
October 23, 2009
Chemical makers have so far reported decent third-quarter earnings as demand and margins continued to improve from early 2009 levels. Dow Chemical reported third-quarter net income up...
October 16, 2009
This week’s issue features CW’s fifteenth annual Billion-Dollar Club, a ranking of the largest chemical companies in the world by revenue compiled by CW’s Kerri...
October 5, 2009
I am delighted to announce that on the occasion of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) Annual Meeting in Berlin, Chemical Week is introducing our new and enhanced PriceWatch Tool....
September 25, 2009
Work on environmental and energy concerns has been slowed by the commotion surrounding health care and response to the economic crisis. Lawmakers and industry representatives say a...
September 18, 2009
Our cover story this week focuses the European petrochemical sector. The market has stabilized but producers acknowledge the need for further rationalization. “For operating...
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