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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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
January 13, 2009
The economic meltdown claimed industry’s first major casualty last week. LyondellBasell’s Chapter 11 filing for its U.S. operations puts the world’s largest producer...
January 13, 2009
Dear Reader, The new year brings a new look for CW. Our refresh provides a more modern feel to the weekly print edition and a stronger link to our increasingly active online presence...
December 22, 2008
Late December should mark the season when activity slows, but the dramatic turn in the economy and industry’s fortunes promises to keep all on guard well into the new year...
December 15, 2008
Bad news continues as chemical makers aggressively reduce costs in response to sharply lower demand and sudden inventory depletion across all supply chains. Dow Chemical announced...
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