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August 21, 2009
A glut in natural gas supply and lower prices for related natural gas liquids (NGL) feedstocks has provided some small measure of comfort to U.S. and Canadian petrochemical makers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/North-American-Competitiveness_20966.html
August 7, 2009
Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris says the second quarter was perhaps the most active in the company’s history. The company started work on the integration of Rohm and Haas...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Stabilizing-Dow-Chemical_20645.html
July 24, 2009
In one measure of just how badly the situation, and expectations, for industry have deteriorated since last fall, DuPont was able to tout a nearly 50% year-over-year drop in earnings...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Solid-Ground_20342.html
July 10, 2009
The change in control of Congress and Administration in Washington, as well as public concerns about global warming, terrorism, and chemicals management, have created the most...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Responsible-Care_20068.html
June 26, 2009
Chemical makers have moved beyond the shock of the sharp demand declines that have cut profits and sales since late 2008. Conditions are no longer getting worse in most regions, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Enabling-Recovery_19846.html
June 15, 2009
The ongoing impact of the global economic slowdown and a more aggressive policy agenda topped discussions at ACC’s annual meeting, held last week at Colorado Springs, CO. Dramatic changes since last year’s meeting, including the rapid onset of global recession and the 2008 elections in the U.S. have created intense market and regulatory challenges for chemical makers....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Reacting-to-Change_19474.html
May 29, 2009
Several key indicators show that the chill of the global recession may be starting to thaw for chemical makers. Demand recovery, which began late in the first quarter, appears to be...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Spring-Thaw_19218.html
May 28, 2009
A group of senior chemical industry executives met at the United Nations (UN) International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-2) in Geneva earlier this month and demonstrated...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Calling-All-Leaders-_19056.html
May 8, 2009
As industry grapples with unprecedented challenges, DuPont chairman Chad Holliday offered three useful lessons in the form of short stories as he accepted the 2009 International...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Character-Counts_18777.html
May 4, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports show that conditions are no longer getting worse as chemical demand may have hit a trough (p. 6). Producers remain cautious, however, and expect global...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Trough-Talk_18600.html
April 24, 2009
Chemical markets may have found a bottom in the first quarter as producers report that volumes picked up in March compared to January and February. Demand remains below historical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Hitting-Bottom_18440.html
April 10, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports are likely to be awful as margins and volumes remain depressed so far this year. Results at companies with quarters ending February 28 were weak (p. 10)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/The-Good-The-Bad-and-The-Ugly_18159.html
April 3, 2009
Morton Salt’s famous slogan may strike a bit close to home for Dow Chemical with its $19-billion Rohm and Haas (R&H) acquisition at last completed....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/When-It-Rains-It-Pours_18049.html
March 20, 2009
Bankruptcies are expected in a downturn. However, the depth and breadth of this recession, coupled with a financial crisis that is causing a massive credit contraction, could force...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/A-Different-Downturn_17722.html
March 6, 2009
A plunge in profits and demand, impaired credit markets, and lack of clarity about when conditions will stabilize are putting a decided chill on M&A deals, as this week’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Caution-Reigns-in-M-and-A_17486.html
March 2, 2009
The $2.3-billion bid by International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC; Abu Dhabi), an Abu Dhabi state-controlled investment fund, to acquire Nova Chemicals highlights just how quickly...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Taking-Aim_17281.html
February 23, 2009
The brutal situation in the industry continues as Asian and European firms weigh in with results that are just as distressed as that of their U.S. counterparts. The downturn, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Rapid-Response_17135.html
February 9, 2009
As expected, the fourth quarter was brutal. Double-digit volume declines hit all regions. More troubling, however, were first-quarter forecasts. January sales are tracking at or below late-2008 levels, several producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Bracing-for-a-Long-Winter_16884.html
January 26, 2009
The double hit on the chemical industry of unavailable or expensive credit and the slowdown in end-user markets makes a stronger case than ever for companies to use the best market...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Building-on-Strengths_16609.html
January 16, 2009
 The severe fourth-quarter drops in chemical demand are likely to be matched by even sharper declines in reported earnings over the next few weeks. Consensus earnings estimates...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Gauging-Earnings_16518.html
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