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October 22, 2015
It’s not a quite a victory lap, at least not yet, but Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris put company management’s vision for the next two to three years into focus last week. Dow has set the broad outlines of its strategy, including portfolio changes that could lead to an exit from agricultural sciences and full ownership of Dow Corning (p. 7)....
October 9, 2015
Did DuPont chair and CEO Ellen Kullman win the battle against activist Trian Partners but lose the war?...
September 28, 2015
Air Products and Ashland join the chorus of companies who gone down the tax-free spin-off divestment route ( p. 9). This is obviously not a unique or new option. Eastman Chemical is and Solutia and Arch Chemical were the products of tax-free spins to shareholders....
September 10, 2015
Our cover story this week, by Francinia Protti-Alvarez, profiles European petrochemicals as industry readies for the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) annual meeting in early October ( p. 25). More competitive feedstocks costs, a weaker euro, and outage-related supply tightness have provided a welcome boost for Europe’s petrochemical profitability in the first half of 2015....
August 27, 2015
Our cover story by Deepti Ramesh features a timely assessment of prospects in China (p. 23). Concern about a slowdown there coupled with dropping energy prices is roiling global capital, resource, and commodity markets (p. 7)....
August 13, 2015
After a strong performance for the past few years, Canada’s chemical industry is slowing in 2015 as oil, gas and commodities slump (p. 23)....
July 30, 2015
Basics and diversified chemical makers in the United States remain the market’s steadiest performers. Second-quarter financial results show US commodity and diversified chemical producers benefiting from a recovering domestic market and lower feedstocks costs despite challenges from a stronger US dollar (p. 9)....
July 16, 2015
From the outhouse to the penthouse—chemical stocks, especially in the United States, have been flying high along with the broader market (p. 23) after a long period of relative underperformance in the late 1990s and early 2000s....
July 6, 2015
Our cover story this week profiles ACC’s Responsible Care program, industry’s signature environmental, health, safety and security initiative....
June 25, 2015
Our cover story this week, from Rebecca Coons, profiles the outlook for electronics chemicals on the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law ( p. 21)....
June 12, 2015
Despite weaker-than-expected GDP in first-half 2015, US chemicals volumes are expected to rise a solid 3.2% year-on-year (YOY) in 2015, according to ACC’s mid-year economic outlook report, released at the ACC annual meeting held in Colorado Springs, CO earlier this month....
May 29, 2015
Chemical industry M&A activity remains decent but below peak levels despite the continuing climb in industry demand and profitability. Chemicals’ M&A equity value is on pace to total $60 billion for 2015, an increase of more than 20% from 2014, according to data from Young & Partners (Y&P; New York) (p. 11). The figures are healthy but tracking below the 2011 record level of $80 billion....
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