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September 17, 2014
Since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008–09, there have been dramatic changes in global competitiveness that have eroded the advantage of emerging markets and boosted that of the advanced economies....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Looking-forward-Changes-in-global-competitiveness-and-their-implications_63799.html
September 17, 2014
Is our glass half empty or half full? This is the critical question global chemical business leaders are debating today—and how they answer has a significant impact on their perspective and strategic direction....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Looking-forward-Global-cost-demand-differentials-will-spawn-disruption_63798.html
September 17, 2014
The current decade began with China’s chemical industry overtaking in 2010 that of the United States to become the largest in the world in terms of total output value....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/2010s-United-States-returns-on-the-investment-map_63789.html
September 17, 2014
The 2000s are bookended by two severe recessions—the second of which was the worst downturn in decades. In between, high and volatile natural gas prices rearranged the geography of petrochemicals production, emerging markets demand took center stage, and multibillion-dollar deals altered the industry’s competitive landscape....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/2000s-In-like-a-bull-out-like-a-bear_63788.html
September 17, 2014
The 1990s heralded the industry’s biggest restructuring since the 1920s, particularly in Europe. Developments in the adjacent oil and pharmaceutical industries partly drove the change. Oil companies, particularly in the United States, began to pull back from some chemical operations. Meanwhile, mounting price pressures in pharmaceuticals, driven by government budgetary restraints and the failed Clinton US health-care reforms in 1993, and growing competition in chemicals from newly emerging regions impelled major pharma-chemical conglomerates, especially in Europe, to focus on their core life sciences operations...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1990s-Industry-restructures-draws-apart-from-oil-and-pharma_63787.html
September 17, 2014
The focus in the chemical industry in the 1980s turned to emphasizing safety and outreach after the 1984 Bhopal disaster....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1980s-Safety-and-environment-become-priorities_63786.html
September 17, 2014
Rising environmentalism and new regulatory paradigms during the 1970s caused widespread changes in how the chemical industry operates and laid the foundation for the industry’s current focus on corporate social responsibility and Responsible Care....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1970s-A-new-age-of-environmentalism-and-regulations_63784.html
September 17, 2014

The 1960s were a golden era of massive capital expenditure, rapid sales growth, and dramatic increases in plant size, particularly in the petrochemical sector, which increased in magnitude and in the number of companies competing to supply most of its products. The...

http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1960s-Petchems-investment-surge-goes-global_63783.html
September 17, 2014
Petrochemicals took off in the 1950s. Coal had long been the primary source of organic chemicals, but the growing petroleum industry offered alternatives, and World War II accelerated their development....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1950s-The-petrochemical-boom_63790.html
September 17, 2014
A period of rapid innovation in the field of chemistry The backdrop of the 1930s in the United States was the Great Depression, colored by the Dust Bowl, which blighted the North...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/1930s-Innovation-and-the-advent-of-war_63781.html
September 17, 2014
Dow Chemical has announced new executive leaders, including its next CFO, as well as realigned responsibilities for its senior leadership team, effective 1 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Dow-names-next-CFO-makes-senior-leadership-appointments_63751.html
September 17, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) has agreed to acquire Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system, for $295 million in cash. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Boardwalk-to-buy-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline_63743.html
September 17, 2014
Brenntag says it has signed an agreement to acquire the specialty chemicals distribution business of Pioma Chemicals (Mumbai), a leading distributor of specialty excipients and functional ingredients to the pharmaceutical, personal-care, and food industries across India....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Brenntag-acquires-specialties-distribution-business-in-India_63708.html
September 17, 2014
Solvay has reached a deal to acquire the polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business of Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) for $220 million. Solvay will acquire two Ryton PPS resin manufacturing units at Borger, TX; its pilot plant and PPS R&D assets at Bartlesville, OK; a compounding plant at Kallo-Beveren, Belgium; and certain intellectual property relating to the PPS business. CPChem’s compounding unit at La Porte, TX, will remain part of CPChem and will provide temporary tolling services to Solvay....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Solvay-to-acquire-CPChems-PPS-assets-for-$220-million_63704.html
September 17, 2014
The board of directors of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) has instructed the management of Bromine Compounds Co. to develop and implement a plan to improve the profitability of...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/-reviews-bromine-operations-to-close-magnesium-plant_63723.html
September 17, 2014
Hedge fund Trian Fund Management (New York) calls on DuPont to split off its higher-growth agriculture, nutrition, and industrial biotech operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Trian-urges-DuPont-to-break-off-ag-and-industrial-biotech-operations_63868.html
September 11, 2014
CCMP Capital Advisors (CCMP; New York) has reached a deal to acquire a 47% stake in silica and catalyst maker PQ from Carlyle Group (Washington). CCMP sold PQ to Carlyle for $1.5 billion in 2007. Terms of the latest deal, expected to close by early 2015, were not immediately available....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/CCMP-returns-to-acquire-47-percent-stake-in-PQ-from-Carlyle_63760.html
September 11, 2014
The chemical industry continues to face public mistrust despite dramaticaly improving process and product safety under ACC’s Responsible Care program. The program is constantly evolving to address public concerns and improve industry’s health and safety profile....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Responsible-Care-focuses-on-continual-improvement_62314.html
September 11, 2014
Research spending in the German chemical industry climbed to a record €9.6 billion in 2012, an increase of 6.0% compared with that in 2011, according to VCI. The chemical-pharmaceutical industry wants to increase R&D spending in 2014 to €10 billion, according to VCI....
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Chemical-innovation-The-modern-research-lab-made-in-Germany_61401.html
September 9, 2014
The discovery of a cheaper and more efficient way to directly produce ethylene by George Curme in 1919 laid the foundation of the modern chemical industry. Applications for ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/lab/Revisiting-the-first-cracker-in-West-Virginia-as-shale-rekindles-interest_59713.html
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