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November 23, 2016
Our cover story this week takes a look at the engineering and construction (E&C) sector to help make sense of the project and capital cost environment for chemical makers....
November 10, 2016
The shocking victory of Donald Trump in 8 November’s presidential election promises significant US policy changes for chemical makers....
November 3, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we report Deepti Ramesh, our India-based Asia editor for the past 10 years, passed away unexpectedly on 30 October....
October 27, 2016
Third-quarter results reflect broader economic conditions, but demand thankfully remains a few ticks higher than industrial production. Industry’s exposure to consumer markets continues to modestly lift otherwise miserable demand growth. Cost controls, generally favorable feedstock trends (rising natural gas and propane are exceptions), and relatively strong pricing continue to help maintain strong margins....
October 13, 2016
Digital transformation, also referred to as Industry 4.0, is set to transform the chemical sector. The effort holds the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, increased agility, better quality, and improved productivity....
October 6, 2016
CW’s cover story this week surveys the plastics landscape as industry prepares for K, the triennial plastics fair, later this month in Düsseldorf, Germany....
September 22, 2016
Germany’s BASF, with chemicals revenue of $59.3 billion, takes back the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of the industry’s largest companies by revenue after ceding the top spot to China’s Sinopec last year. Sinopec and Dow Chemical round out the top three. The top six companies—in order, BASF, Sinopec, Dow, ExxonMobil, SABIC, and Formosa Plastics—remain the same from last year....
September 8, 2016
Our cover story takes a look at European petrochemicals as the region’s petrochemical makers enjoy a period of unexpected strong profitability (p. 23)....
September 1, 2016
Another week, another $10-billion-plus deal in the spotlight. Fertilizer makers PotashCorp and Agrium announced that they were discussing a merger of equals valued at more than $30 billion (p. 7)....
August 18, 2016
Linde and Praxair revealed merger talks last week, raising questions as to whether antitrust regulators will permit the number of industrial gases firms to slip from four to three (p. 7). The industrial gases market has consolidated significantly since the mid-1990s....
August 4, 2016
Economic and chemical demand growth remain uneven, which second-quarter results across industry demonstrate. Most producers noted a slight pick up in the second quarter, but volume growth remains tepid and confidence fragile....
July 21, 2016
Industry M&A activity continues to scale new heights as large deals dominate the landscape. While the parade of multibillion dollar deals cannot go on forever, dealmakers expect the strong activity to continue, as our cover story shows (p. 19)....
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