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June 13, 2014Sensient Technologies—fresh off an eventful first half of 2014 during which a new CEO took the helm, immediately followed by a proxy fight—is aiming to grow by moving its ingredients businesses in flavors, fragrances, and colors into higher-value, higher-margin products and businesses....
September 11, 2014Research 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....
May 30, 2014ACC CEO Cal Dooley highlighted the group’s efforts to advance product and process safety in the opening address at May’s Responsible Care Conference at Miami. Responsible Care product and process safety codes introduced by ACC last year provide the foundation for industry to effectively address public concerns about chemical safety, Dooley says....
May 23, 2014
US competitiveness in polyethylene production and the growing use of coal-to-olefin technologies to produce polypropylene in China promise to alter trade flows for these products. Overcapacity continues to cloud the global outlook for polyvinyl chloride, but North American producers are considerably advantaged thanks to shale gas, which enables them to gain market share in South America. Polystyrene, meanwhile, is recovering, and Asia is expected to drive further growth....
May 23, 2014Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is likely to be a difficult business for many years to come. Overcapacity has pushed worldwide plant utilization rates to historic lows, and supply will far...
May 23, 2014the polystyrene (PS) market has been tough. Prices have doubled in the last 10 years, opening the door to competition from alternatives such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene...
May 9, 2014
Europe’s chemical distributors are benefiting from the slow recovery in the region’s economy, which began in the second half of 2013 and has continued into 2014. Distributors are cautiously optimistic in their outlooks and expect their financial performances to improve....
May 9, 2014Müller: Setting ambitious growth targets. Azelis (Antwerp), a specialty chemicals distributor and one of Europe’s top five distributors, with sales of about €1...
May 9, 2014North America has come back into focus for industrial gas makers thanks to shale gas. Capital investment has increased as major players compete for Gulf Coast pipeline expansions, on-site air separation units, and other bulk and packaged gas sales....
April 28, 2014
While sharp yen depreciation and aggressive fiscal stimulus have helped stabilize Japan’s economy, producers continue to target specialties and higher-performance materials for which value and competitive position have not set by energy or feedstock costs....