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July 22, 2008
Soaring energy and feedstock costs, depressed automotive and housing markets, weak U.S. demand, and cratering share prices could lead some to believe that the down cycle is here for...
July 14, 2008
Dow Chemical’s quick strike to acquire Rohm and Haas (R&H) for $18.8 billion demonstrates that attractive assets can still draw strong prices even in turbulent times. The...
July 1, 2008
Dow Chemical’s move last week to lift pricing by a further 25% in July, in addition to the 20% hike it announced in May, underscores the urgent and critical situation faced by...
June 23, 2008
The apparent collapse of Hexion Specialty Chemicals’ $10.6-billion bid to acquire Huntsman signals the end of the “big-bang” chemical M&A environment, at least...
June 17, 2008
It may not have had a formal spot on the agenda, but the ongoing surge in energy and feedstock costs and industry’s response was on the minds of many at ACC’s annual...
June 4, 2008
Dow Chemical’s move last week to boost prices by as much as 20% on all 3,100 of its products garnered wide media coverage. Much of the focus was on what the potential impact will...
May 29, 2008
There is no sign that inflationary pressures in the engineering and construction (E&C) industry will ease any time soon, as our cover story this week shows (p. 20). Equipment and...
May 7, 2008
Chemical makers continue to post stronger than expected first-quarter earnings, despite weaker volumes and another surge in energy and raw material costs. A key factor behind the...
April 29, 2008
First-quarter earnings are above expectations so far, despite continued weakness in the U.S. and surging raw material costs (p. 7). Growth in emerging regions and a strong agriculture...
April 21, 2008
Supplier discussions about the impact of Wal-Mart for many years has centered around the Wal-Mart “cost,” or the effort and efficiency gains required across the supply chain to meet the retailer’s tough price demands. Now Wal-Mart and other retailers are using their buying leverage in ways that create de facto sustainability, environmental, and regulatory standards....
April 8, 2008
Attendees at the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association’s (NPRA) International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in San Antonio last week were a bit more cautious about the...
April 2, 2008
CW is pleased to announce the launch of www.chemsustainability.com, an online resource dedicated to providing essential information about the chemical industry and the environment...
March 18, 2008
Dennis Reilley, the former chairman and CEO of Praxair, encouraged industry to take a more urgent and aggressive stance in advocating for sound U.S. energy policy when he was awarded...
March 10, 2008
Tighter credit and concerns over the economy may take some of the fizz out of M&A markets this year but activity should remain decent, as our cover story shows (p. 24). M&A...
March 3, 2008
Bolstered by demand from the energy sector and a strong global manufacturing environment, industrial gases makers seem immune to rumblings of an industry slowdown. Sector revenues hit...
February 25, 2008
CW’s cover story this week highlights strategies that chemical makers are implementing to mitigate—and even profit from—exposure in a world where carbon dioxide (CO2)...
February 19, 2008
Scrutiny over biofuels is intensifying as it becomes clear that they are not the cure-all for curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and diversifying energy supply, as this...
February 4, 2008
Chemical industry CEOs are less confident about business prospects over the next 12 months than executives in other sectors, but they are generally more upbeat about the potential for...
January 22, 2008
Efforts by U.S. chemical makers to increase exposure to China and other emerging markets appear to be helping them cope with weakness at home. PPG Industries reported a 30%...
December 18, 2007
The 2008 U.S. presidential election is likely to bring legislative and regulatory activity to a crawl as both parties turn attention to presidential campaigns. “Not much is...
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