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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...
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...
September 26, 2011
Weakening economies in the U.S. and Europe are negatively impacting chemical demand, but producers note that conditions are not nearly as grim as sentiment and the sharp declines in...
September 9, 2011
BASF takes the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of chemical makers by revenue for the fifth year in a row, with revenues of $63.2 billion (p. 21). BASF has opened a $10-billion...
August 26, 2011
The steady growth of China’s chemical industry carried on through global recession putting it firmly atop the global chemical rankings in 2010 (table). China’s chemical shipments...
August 19, 2011
While August has been brutal to chemical stocks, demand has shown no signs of deterioration. Chemical stocks have plunged about 18% since July 5. The S&P 500 is down 15% over the...
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...
July 22, 2011
The M&A rebound continues with two significant acquisitions in specialty chemicals in the past two weeks. The acquisitions—Lonza-Arch and Ecolab-Nalco—move companies...
July 8, 2011
Pricing and sentiment hit a soft patch in June as industry tries to gauge whether it is weathering an inventory-driven pause or something more severe. ACC and Cefic recently issued...
June 24, 2011
The recent U.S. slowdown has clouded industry’s outlook for full-year 2011. The U.S. clearly hit a soft patch in the second quarter, Fried-Walter Münstermann, executive v.p...
June 13, 2011
Shell Chemical’s announcement of an Appalachia cracker brings planned U.S. ethylene expansion to more than 5 million m.t. by 2018 (p. 5). It is a remarkable turn. Three years ago...
May 31, 2011
Recovery in Europe has been slower than the rest of the world but improved conditions are lifting performance for distributors in Europe as industry prepares for the 47th FECC Congress...
May 16, 2011
Chemical makers continue to beat forecasts in the first quarter as strong volume and margin growth lift earnings. Most producers are notching strong double-digit year-over-year...
May 6, 2011
Last week saw the acquisition of CMAI (Houston) by our parent company, IHS (Englewood, CO), the leading global source of information and analysis. The deal creates a new, leading force...
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