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May 21, 2013Europe’s chemical distributors struggled to increase revenue last year....
May 9, 2013Chemical revenues and operating earnings were up again in 2011 as industry recovery continued. BASF claimed the top spot for the sixth straight year in CW’s Billion-Dollar Club...
May 9, 2013Japan's chemical makers are hoping that their strong commitment to innovation and new aggressive government stimulus will recharge growth....
May 6, 2013Strategic positioning and innovation are key components of maintaining high margins and profitability for specialty chemicals. Companies with strong research and innovation capabilities, close customer relationships, and a fine-grained view of markets and products will stay ahead of the curve, producers and analysts say....
May 3, 2013The home health care sector has been receiving significant attention from Europe-based industrial gases companies in recent years. Changing demographics, government austerity measures...
May 3, 2013Industrial gas makers are seeing modest volume gains in early 2013. Demand tends to track domestic and global industrial production, and the segment is seeing modest signs of growth in the United States and stronger prospects in China....
April 26, 2013China is in the midst of a surge in coal-to-chemicals investment, says Paul Pang, managing director of IHS Chemical China....
April 17, 2013
New applications for adhesives, including in automotive and aerospace, are helping drive growth in the sector as demand in large segments, such as construction, picks up....
April 1, 2013
Chemical makers are sharpening focus on the business of sustainability and placing it at the center of growth strategies. For many, the practice of sustainability is already generating huge benefits in efficiency and profits. Providing for the energy, water, food, housing, mobility, and hygiene needs of a growing population—all while mitigating climate change and dwindling resources—is creating large market opportunities.
Producers say their companies are uniquely positioned to help solve looming global challenges posed by population growth, climate change, and constrained natural resources. Embedding sustainability in day-to-day operations and refocusing product portfolios and innovation on solutions to meet the needs of human development are vital to top-line growth and long-term viability, they say....
March 19, 2013Europe’s approach to shale remains cautious. The European petrochemical industry’s hopes that shale exploration and exploitation will take hold, as it is in the United States, continue to be tempered by sociopolitical pressures at the EU decision-making level....
March 19, 2013
Shale gas development has granted the US chemical industry a renewed lease on life by driving costs down, pushing margins up, and attracting a flood of capital investment....
March 12, 2013Chemical sector M&A activity slipped in 2012 as economic uncertainty and a scarcity of available quality assets dragged down volumes despite favorable market conditions. Strong...
March 6, 2013Stronger demand for transportation fuels in emerging economies continues to boost prospects for refinery catalyst makers, although concerns about the strength of global economic recovery has injected uncertainty into 2013 forecasts. As suppliers invest to build capacity to serve high-growth markets in Asia, the Mideast, and South America, opportunities to provide innovative products to address heavier crudes in North America have arisen....
February 15, 2013The active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) industry will see further growth in the near term, and Western manufacturers are making additional investments as they prepare to take...
February 11, 2013The specialty chemicals sector in India offers tremendous growth opportunities for manufacturers as a result of rising domestic demand and the untapped potential that exists in the...
January 25, 2013Alam: Detergent makers searching for value. In a difficult environment, with cost-conscious consumers, surfactant makers say that product differentiation is a critical factor in...
January 25, 2013Leading consumer product companies say offering value to customers and product innovations that go beyond reformulations are keys to expanding share in increasingly competitive...
January 25, 2013Production capacity for detergent alcohols has grown by leaps and bounds since 2007, far more quickly than demand, with the result that plant operating rates are very low. Given the...
January 25, 2013Cleaning sector priorities for 2013 include ensuring members can continue to develop innovative and sustainable solutions, while reaching out to the public with more data on cleaning...
January 18, 2013According to Pierre Brondeau, previous management and former CEO William Walter “was focused on what the company had to do … to get a healthy balance sheet” after...
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