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December 5, 2013
Technip (Paris), Europe’s second-largest engineering and construction firm, acquired Stone & Webster (S&W) from Shaw Group last year, reinforcing Technip’s position in the so-called Ethylene Club—companies that license olefins technology—and its footprint in the United States. The deal also broadens Technip’s range of petrochemical processes and adds capabilities in gas-to-liquids as well as heavy oil fluid and catalytic cracking....
November 21, 2013
The US unconventional oil and gas supply surge is moving downstream as investments ramp up, providing a boon for US chemical makers....
November 21, 2013
For the first decade of this century, it was easy to say how many ethylene projects were under development in North America because there were none. Now, however, it is easy to lose...
November 7, 2013
Chemical distribution continues to outpace chemical industry growth. Between 2008 and 2012, the worldwide chemical distribution market grew 9% annually, to €165 billion ($218...
November 7, 2013
The Mideast, notably the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have for decades enjoyed a massive competitive advantage in petrochemicals....
October 24, 2013
Latin America remains a heterogeneous region when it comes to the development of the chemical and petrochemical sectors. Brazil and Mexico remain the big players, although other...
October 10, 2013

Pharmaceutical ingredients makers are seeing a rise in demand particularly due to the growing emerging markets, experts say. Regulatory changes in the European Union and the United States, however, are changing the operating landscape significantly. There are also continued consolidations, and the competitiveness of Chinese and Indian manufacturers is waning, experts say. Producers around the world, however, remain optimistic and expect the emerging markets to play a key role in the future.

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October 4, 2013
BASF has maintained its top spot in CW’s Billion Dollar Club 2012—our annual ranking of companies by chemical revenues on a dollar basis—with China’s Sinopec taking the second slot....
October 3, 2013
Trends in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and appliance markets present bright prospects for engineering plastics, but feedstock issues and sluggish economic growth complicate the near-term view. “Demand has been somewhat lackluster around the world,” says Paul Blanchard, director/engineering plastics at IHS Chemical. “North America is seeing the benefit of what really comes down to a very good automotive industry performance and good demand for light vehicles.”...
October 3, 2013
Producers of commodity plastics in Europe are under pressure, since the tough economic environment continues to erode margins. Restructuring has become a feature of the sector, which...
October 3, 2013
The deceleration in the global economy has caused a downturn in demand for many industrial raw materials, including synthetic rubber. Worldwide production of synthetic rubber was 15.1 million m.t. in 2012, marginally down on the previous year, and consumption was flat, at 14.94 million m.t., according to the International Rubber Study Group (Singapore), an intergovernmental organization composed of rubber producers and consumers. Natural rubber production and consumption were also flat last year, at 11.4 million m.t. and 10.92 million m.t., respectively, says the Malaysian Rubber Board (Kuala Lumpur)....
October 3, 2013
Polyurethanes (PUs) are regarded as the most versatile of all polymers. Users are attracted by the products’ affordability, safety, and recyclability, and demand is expected to grow above 5%/year for the next five years. Major PU components include the aromatics isocyanates—toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene di- para -phenylene isocyanate (MDI)—and polyols, the main precursor of which is propylene oxide (PO)....
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