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December 7, 2012

Officials at Chevron Phillips Chemical (The Woodlands, TX; CP Chem), a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron and Phillips 66, say its strategy is centered on pursuing competitive feedstocks where that pursuit enables an advantaged position in petrochemicals. For the last 10 years, that strategy meant heavy investment centered in the Mideast, where CP Chem completed several $1-billion-plus megaprojects in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Attention now turns back to the United States because of the reemergence of a cost-advantaged position thanks to a surging supply of natural gas and natural gas-based feedstocks such as ethane.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical_48036.html
November 16, 2012
A shortage of feedstocks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is transforming the region’s petrochemicals industry, shifting the balance downstream toward value-added...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Mideast-GCC-dominance-faces-US-challenge_47740.html
November 16, 2012
Chemical distributors—typically fairly resilient companies—find themselves in a changing business, with shifting customer demands and new markets, even in an environment of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Distribution-New-markets-and-a-changing-business-model_47742.html
November 16, 2012
Chemical distribution remains a largely regional businesses. Some companies, most notably Brenntag and Univar, have strong positions on either side of the Atlantic, but no one yet...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/New-Univar-CEO-seeks-to-take-distribution-global_47743.html
November 9, 2012
Emerging market demand for fuels, chemicals, and materials will continue to buoy global catalyst consumption, even if China’s economic slump persists, catalyst makers say. New...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Catalysts-Feedstock-shifts-brighten-outlook_47578.html
October 26, 2012
Latin America's prospects in chemicals have shifted due in part to the cost advantage of facilities based on the US Gulf Coast, which source shale gas-derived ethane. Investments planned for the region are being delayed as companies reassess their competitive position....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Latin-America-Regional-players-jockey-for-position_47284.html
October 26, 2012
Mexico, one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, continues to see strong manufacturing growth as investments, particularly in manufacturing of high-value consumer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Mexico-Ethylene-XXI-moves-ahead-as-manufacturing-rates-rise_47285.html
October 12, 2012
Global polypropylene (PP) demand growth rates are expected to decline in the next five years, producers and analysts say. PP is in oversupply and this is expected to continue, leading...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Polypropylene-Growth-slows-but-versatility-is-an-underlying-strength_46856.html
October 5, 2012
The chemical industry's view of sustainability efforts has shifted from a compliance- or reputation-driven overhead cost to a core platform for technological innovation, bottom-line...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Sustainability-Reporting-performance-with-transparency-and-discipline_46758.html
October 5, 2012
Organizations worldwide now regard sustainability as a top priority for achieving business goals. Once relegated to facility-level status, sustainability initiatives now have...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Sustainability-Takes-Top-Spot-Among-Corporate-Priorities_46759.html
September 21, 2012
The global active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) industry is very competitive, and manufacturers are faced with several challenges, including pricing pressure, rising costs, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Fine-Chemicals-Staying-Active_46386.html
August 31, 2012
China has been the main engine of growth for the global economy and chemical industry during the past decade. But slower economic growth in China this year is softening domestic demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-Growth-Engine-Slows-but-Investor-Confidence-Stays-Intact_45924.html
August 31, 2012
Prices of rare earths, which skyrocketed in the first half of 2011 but fell sharply in the second half of that year, will remain steady in the near term, says a recent report by China...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Rare-Earth-Prices-Steady-Industry-to-Consolidate_45925.html
August 31, 2012
The Chinese government announced on August 23 that the police have resolved 185,000 criminal cases in the past year as part of a crackdown on substandard food and drugs. A total of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-Cracks-Down-on-Food-and-Drug-Safety_45926.html
August 21, 2012
Surging unconventional natural gas resources is presenting new opportunities for petrochemical producers in both eastern and western Canada, but a shortage of natural gas flowing across the border presents players with near-term ethane supply challenges....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Canada-A-Balancing-Act_45662.html
August 3, 2012
When Jim O’Brien took the helm as Ashland CEO in 2002, he operated a company with cyclical earnings, low margins, and some ill-fitting parts. James O’Brien Ashland’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Ashland-Building-a-Specialties-Core_45420.html
August 3, 2012
Chemical industry executives saw considerable gains in overall compensation in 2011. The median increase for the 42 CEOs who held the same title in 2011 and 2010 was 7.7%. That is down...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Executive-Compensation_45421.html
July 20, 2012
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG; Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia’s energy major Petronas’s chemical business, was listed on the Malaysian stock exchange at the end of 2010. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Petronas-Chemicals-Creating-an-AsiaPacific-Champion_45011.html
July 9, 2012
ACC is working on Responsible Care revisions that attempt to quell concerns about the safety of chemicals while maintaining the program’s focus on process safety and community...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Rethinking-Responsible-Care_44728.html
July 6, 2012
The tragedy that beset Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh, India on December 3, 1984 stands as one of the world’s worst industrial accidents. A pesticide plant operated by Union...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Bhopal-Site-Shows-Little-Sign-of-Care_44700.html
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