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May 11, 2012
Distribution results have proven resilient despite difficult conditions in Europe, as this week’s cover story shows (p. 21). Key players posted solid results in 2011 and...
April 27, 2012
Japan’s chemical industry has faced severe challenges in the past year. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Thailand floods in 2011 stressed supply chains, and weaker markets in...
April 20, 2012
Earnings are handily beating lowered expectations ( p. 7, 16). Albemarle, DuPont, and PPG Industries reported solid gains in profits. In Europe, AkzoNobel posted an earnings decline...
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...
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...
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....
March 2, 2012
With Formosa Plastics’ confirmation last week of plans for a world-scale ethylene plant at Point Comfort, TX there are now at least five new crackers announced in the U.S., plus...
February 21, 2012
Investment in India may be about to take off, carrying chemical demand along with it. Bureaucracy, poor utilities and raw materials provision, and an uncompetitive environment have for...
February 10, 2012
Eastman Chemical’s $4.7-billion purchase of Solutia highlights the role strategic buyers have taken in driving chemical industry merger and acquisition (M&A) activity over...
January 27, 2012
Early earnings reports confirm the weak end to 2011. Volumes fell in the fourth quarter, but revenues and earnings were decent thanks to strong pricing (p. 9, 12). DuPont reported a...
January 20, 2012
CWs cover story this week focuses on the market for water treatment chemicals and services (p.19). Water scarcity, regulatory pressures, and rapid industrial development in areas where...
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...
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...
December 9, 2011
The surge in U.S. shale gas production has restored an enviable cost position for U.S. petrochemical makers. The previous decade was marked by gloom for U.S. petrochemical makers as...
November 26, 2011
Producers in the Middle East are nearing the end of a five-year growth spurt. Ethylene capacity is expected to reach 28 million m.t. in 2011, doubling from 14 million m.t. in 2007...
November 18, 2011
We are excited by the latest development at parent company IHS (Englewood, CO), which has added the esteemed consultancy Purvin & Gertz (Houston) to our energy and chemicals...
November 12, 2011
Third-quarter earnings continue strong with higher prices offsetting weaker volumes and higher raw materials cost. Growth has slowed from the strong pace of early 2011, but executives...
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...
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....
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...
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