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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
  Product YUAN/MT PP Injection Ex-factory 10875 - 10925 PP Raffia Ex-factory 10875 - 10925 LDPE Film Ex-factory 11895 - 11905 LLDPE Film Ex-factory 11295 - 11305 HDPE Film...
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...
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