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December 14, 2012
Year-end investor meetings and industry forecasts show industry preparing for another year of slow growth in 2013. Despite data that show a pickup in the United States and China...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Previewing-2013_48377.html
November 30, 2012
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem), subject of this week’s cover story (p. 15), was formed 12 years ago at the tail end of a wave of US petrochemical consolidation. Exxon and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/CP-Chem_48065.html
November 16, 2012
A shortage of feedstocks in the Mideast states is transforming the region’s petrochemicals industry, starting a shift toward value-added industries, as this week’s cover...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Feedstocks-pinch-Mideast_47781.html
November 9, 2012
Last week’s election leaves the US regulatory environment facing the same challenges it has for the past four years. Divided government will continue to make significant...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Election-brings-no-change_47570.html
October 26, 2012
Chemical sales and earnings are struggling under the weight of weak economic growth (p. 7,8,13). Producers are also cutting fourth-quarter estimates and curbing expectations for 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Holding-pattern_47268.html
October 12, 2012
Our cover story this week assesses polypropylene’s prospects (PP) as growth rates slow, but still handily exceed GDP. The polymer’s versatility continues to expand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Polypropylene_46919.html
October 5, 2012
Concerns about deterioration in the economy seem to have put a chill on chemical industry investment in 2012. Some investments are proceeding, but mainly in areas where the outlook and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Fall-Back_46747.html
September 21, 2012
Growth in the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) sector is attractive, but overcapacity and pricing pressure remain challenges for producers as this week’s cover story shows...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Fine-Chemicals_46419.html
September 18, 2012
Emerging Asia and Mideast players continue to break through and reshape industry, as CW’s latest Billion-Dollar Club Ranking demonstrates (p. 21). New industry giants in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Billion-Dollar-Club_46257.html
August 31, 2012
China has been one of the main drivers of growth for the global economy and the chemical sector during the past decade, but a slowdown in 2012 has cooled global chemical demand (p...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/China-Slows_45964.html
August 20, 2012
Chemical makers cannot control the global economy, but a focus on successful product development and cost control is helping maintain healthy margins despite weak demand. Price...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Margin-Maintenance_45678.html
August 3, 2012
Second-quarter results confirm the obvious. Global economies have slowed and are starting to weigh down chemical earnings and industry’s outlook (p. 6,7, 11). Recession in Europe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Slowdown-or-Downturn_45403.html
July 20, 2012
Specialty chemical makers reporting earnings last week maintained strong profit levels through the second quarter despite global economic uncertainty (p. 8). Albemarle, PPG Industries...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Second-Half-Outlook_45050.html
July 11, 2012
ACC is expected to approve one of the most ambitious overhauls of its signature performance program, Responsible Care, later this year (p. 21). Changes under consideration include an...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Responsible-Care_44715.html
June 22, 2012
Development in Mexico has largely stalled for the past decade, but there are hopes that its fortunes can be revived (p. 17). Mexico’s GDP has averaged 2.8%/year in the last 15...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Rethinking-Mexico_44408.html
June 15, 2012
Hopes that a recovery would become more durable or even accelerate have been dashed by a second-quarter slowdown for a third consecutive year. Europe’s fiscal crisis has shifted...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Another-Q2-Slowdown_44213.html
June 1, 2012
Specialty chemical innovation today is less focused on big breakthrough products than it is on formulating a product or tweaking existing molecules in a way that can help customers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Specialty-Strategies_43911.html
May 23, 2012
Despite modest growth forecasts, refinery catalyst makers remain optimistic about their prospects. Demand for fuels in high-growth economies, particularly China, is transforming...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Fueling-Catalyst-Demand_43580.html
May 11, 2012
Distribution results have proven resilient despite difficult conditions in Europe, as this week’s cover story shows (p. 21). Key players posted solid results in 2011 and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Durable-Distribution_43367.html
April 27, 2012
Japan’s chemical industry has faced severe challenges in the past year. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Thailand floods in 2011 stressed supply chains, and weaker markets in...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Japan-Looks-Outward_43055.html
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