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May 2, 2011
Dow Chemical’s planned world-scale ethylene unit brings announced U.S. expansions to more than 4.5 million m.t./year by 2017 (p. 6). A desire to take advantage of cheaper U.S...
April 15, 2011
Solvay has lined up its desired chemical reinvestment, using proceeds from the February 2010 sale of its pharma business, with a €3.4 billion ($4.9 billion) cash offer for Rhodia (...
April 1, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) is first to throw its U.S. cracker feasibility study in the ring ( p. 9). The surge in U.S. gas production has increased supply and reduced the cost...
March 27, 2011
Industry gathers for NPRA’s International Petrochemical Meeting later this month on solid footing after a year of strong recovery. U.S. petrochemical makers are especially...
March 25, 2011
The toll on human life from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been huge, and the impact on Japan’s economy and chemical sector will be severe over the next few...
March 11, 2011
Brian Ferguson, recently retired chairman of Eastman Chemical, offered a passionate acclamation of industry’s vital contributions to society at a March 8 dinner in New York where...
February 25, 2011
Improved industry earnings, loosening credit markets, and cash-heavy balance sheets have fueled a strong recovery in chemical M&A activity. Europe is in the spotlight in early 2011...
February 11, 2011
Chemical makers are feeling optimistic about 2011 prospects as stout fourth-quarter earnings cap a stellar 2010 (p. 6, 11). Companies expect earnings and volume growth to advance again...
January 28, 2011
Trends in fine chemicals are improving as the sector readies for InformexUSA in Charlotte, NC, starting February 7. Contract manufacturing continues to grow as more pharmaceutical and...
January 21, 2011
DuPont’s planned purchase of Danisco essentially comes down to a $6.3 billion bid to revitalize one of industry’s—and all of manufacturing’s—most storied growth and innovation engines....
January 7, 2011
Global chemical shipments are expected to grow 5% as industry starts the expansion phase of recovery in 2011 (p. 18). “Globally, recovery in chemicals has shifted to expansion,”...
December 16, 2010
The end of 2010 has brought a flurry of activity, as industry merger and acquisition (M&A) recovers from its worst slump in recent memory. Yule Catto (Harlow, U.K.) last week...
December 10, 2010
The strong 2010 recovery lifted the mood and fortunes of attendees at the Fifth Annual GPCA Forum, held last week Dubai ( p. 15). “The Gulf industry will add 46% to current capacity...
November 30, 2010
Critical issues such as innovation and diversification in the Mideast, as well as the state of the global petrochemical sector, will be at the top of the agenda at the Fifth Annual...
November 19, 2010
Confidence has returned to the chemical distribution sector after strong sales growth this year, as our cover story shows (p. 19). U.S. distributors are sure to be more upbeat this...
November 12, 2010
Producers are expressing more confidence about recovery and the outlook as solid profit gains persist in the third quarter. And more producers are making a case that earnings and...
October 29, 2010
Resin makers at K2010, the triennial plastics exhibition held in Düsseldorf, Germany, say they are more confident that recovery can be sustained now that a feared second-half...
October 15, 2010
Plastics makers are upbeat as industry descends on K2010, the world’s largest international plastics and rubber exhibition, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, October 27...
October 8, 2010
Chemical industry profits are up sharply in 2010, and companies are making the case that recovery can be sustained. AkzoNobel, DSM, Lubrizol and Rhodia each laid out ambitious mid-term...
September 24, 2010
The mood of attendees at the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Budapest October 2-6 is sure to be an improvement over the past two years. European petrochemical...
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