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December 13, 2013
While US chemical makers are now back in the game thanks to the cost advantage enabled by low-cost shale feedstocks, liftoff may still take a while (p. 9)....
December 6, 2013
Our annual ranking of engineering and construction (E&C) firms is a groundbreaking survey tracking the 2012 fortunes of the E&C sector (p. 17). CW’s analysis confirms...
November 22, 2013
The confirmation of interest in US crackers by Hanwha Chemical (p. 4) and Odebrecht (p. 7) this month brings the number of announced crackers in the United States to nine....
November 8, 2013
Mideast producers have enjoyed a massive cost advantage in petrochemicals since the region started to build out capacity in the early 1980s....
October 25, 2013
Chemical makers continue eke out earnings gains despite sluggish demand (p. 7). Improvement continues to rely heavily on self-help measures to improve costs and efficiencies in the...
October 11, 2013
This week's cover story, by Deepti Ramesh, assesses current conditions in pharmaceutical ingredients market as the sector prepares for CPhI at Frankfurt on 22–24 October....
October 4, 2013
The public statements were nice and friendly, but what Air Products and Pershing Square, the former’s largest shareholder, with a 9.8% stake, actually have agreed to is a one-year truce (p. 7)....
September 20, 2013
The success of Huntsman’s deal to acquire Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) business, including eventual plans to spin off the consolidated operations through an initial public offering, hinges on a brightening outlook and strong public appetite for the whitening pigment (p. 7)....
August 23, 2013
With a solid first half completed and a number of large chemical assets put up for sale in recent weeks, bankers say the remainder of 2013 should be busy for M&A activity (p. 68)....
August 9, 2013
Pershing Square Capital Management (New York), the $10-billion hedge fund run by activist investor Bill Ackman, has targeted Air Products....
July 26, 2013
Second-quarter earnings reports were overshadowed last week by a slew of announced planned divestitures....
July 12, 2013
Our cover story this week assesses Dow Chemical’s advanced materials business four years after the company’s acquisition of Rohm and Haas....
June 28, 2013
This week’s cover story assesses Responsible Care—industry’s signature environment, health, and safety program—as it turns 25. ACC is marking the anniversary...
June 21, 2013
Our cover story this week assesses the market for electronic chemicals as the semiconductor sector shakes off an inventory correction that depressed demand in second-half 2012 (p. 21)....
June 7, 2013
Our cover story this week asseses the improving fortunes for engineering and construction (E&C) firms as cheap shale gas ushers in a new wave of projects, particularly in North America, potentially stimulating more than $100 billion of related investment (p. 19)....
May 31, 2013
A years-long standoff on reform of US chemicals management laws has ended with the introduction of a bipartisan bill—the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) of 2013—by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D., NJ) and David Vitter (R., LA) to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (p. 8)....
May 21, 2013
Our cover story this week shows how the traditional resilience of the distribution sector is being tested by the recession in Europe (p. 23)...
May 3, 2013
Our cover story this week assesses specialty chemical strategies (p. 21). Defining specialty chemicals remains tricky with analysts, and even some producers, saying that the term “specialty chemical” is overused....
April 26, 2013
The country’s spirits have been lifted since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who returned to office in December, launched aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus to reverse nearly 20 years of deflation and flat economic growth....
April 16, 2013
Overall US chemical demand growth has been nothing if not consistent, and lackluster, for two years now....
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