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June 12, 2014
Our cover story this week assesses engineering and construction (E&C) as the sector surges amid orders in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and fertilizers, particularly in North America (p. 23)....
May 29, 2014
Our cover story this week reflects on the origins of modern industrial R&D, which can be traced back to the German chemical industry in the 19th century (p. 21)....
May 22, 2014
Our cover story this week focuses on plastics, including a look at how renewed US cost competitiveness and China’s use of coal-to-olefin technology will reshape the polyolefins market over the next few years (p. 25)....
May 8, 2014
Activist hedge fund Third Point, run by Dan Loeb, has called on Dow Chemical to provide greater detail on its petrochemical operations, arguing in a first-quarter letter issued to Third Point shareholders in early May that the segment is “underearning” by at least $2.5 billion/year (p. 13)....
April 24, 2014
Our cover story this week focuses on Japan (p. 19). The sharp yen depreciation and aggressive fiscal stimulus have helped stabilize Japan’s economy, but producers still need to target specialties and higher-performance materials for which value and competitive position have not set by energy or feedstock costs....
April 17, 2014
The first batch of US first-quarter earnings reports has been solid, since industrial production continues to accelerate despite weaker growth in emerging markets and weather-related impacts in the United States (p. 9). Some of the more encouraging signs are now coming from Europe....
April 3, 2014
While it seems reckless to regard multi-billion projects to add commodity chemical capacity in mature US markets as low-risk, can’t-lose investments, it is difficult to identify potential developments that can disrupt the US cost-advantage thanks to shale gas. As ExxonMobil Chemical president Stephen Pryor said in a keynote address (p. 11) at IHS Chemical’s recent World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), “[W]hat we are seeing is a recapitalization of the US chemical industry.”...
March 20, 2014
Our cover feature this week, across four parts, focuses on petrochemicals as the sector prepares its big US gatherings: AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference at San Antonio, TX, on 30 MarchApril 1 and the IHS Chemical’s World Petrochemical Conference at Houston on 25-27 March....
March 13, 2014
Sunil Kumar, former CEO of International Specialty Products, offered a convincing case for the durability of the US resurgence in manufacturing in his moving speech while accepting the SCI American Section’s 2014 Chemical Industry Medal at New York last week....
February 27, 2014
Asahi Kasei’s plans to close several petrochemical production plants in Japan and, along with Mitsubishi Chemical, move ahead with previously announced plans to consolidate naphtha cracker operations at Mizushima (p. 7) signals Japanese producers’ greater willingness to take more aggressive steps to address oversupply....
February 20, 2014
Chemical makers must feel that they are being picked on. Last week brought yet another activist investor campaign as FrontFour Capital said that it intends to nominate four directors at Sensient (p. 4)....
February 7, 2014
Fourth-quarter earnings and revenues were generally higher, and CEO comments to investors indicate that conditions are improving but still slow (p. 7, 10)....
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