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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....
April 8, 2013
Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris offered a provocative thought upon receiving the Society of Chemical Industry American section’s Chemical Industry Medal last week in New York. “I must say, I hope I am one of the last to receive it,” Liveris said. “At least, under its current name.”...
April 1, 2013
The high spirits of North American petrochemical makers were evident at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and IHS petrochemical conferences over the past two weeks....
March 11, 2013
Ferro’s stumble through the past few years appears likely to drive it into the hands of A. Schulman, a Cleveland-area rival. Schulman announced a hostile $6.50/share bid last week, valuing Ferro at $885 million (p. 6)....
March 1, 2013
Our cover story this week features prospects for refinery catalyst makers. Stronger demand for transportation fuels in emerging economies continues to boost supplier sentiment (p. 19). The global market for refining catalysts was $3.1 billion in 2011—roughly a quarter of the $12.5-billion process catalyst industry, according to IHS Chemical....
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