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October 14, 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....
June 16, 2014BASF 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 4, 2013Trends 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 4, 2013Producers 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 4, 2013The 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 4, 2013Polyurethanes (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)....
September 23, 2013
The European petrochemical industry went through a deep recession during the last five years, but has emerged leaner and more efficient. Demand growth is returning gradually, but rates are unspectacular compared with growth in other regions of the world. Europe’s challenges remain its high-cost production, the threat posed by new and planned capacities in other regions, and the cooling demand in emerging markets....
September 16, 2013The slowdown in the Chinese economy and the focus of the country’s new leadership on reform rather than growth has caused revenues to fall for most major Chinese and overseas chemical firms. China’s growth, while slowed, is nevertheless strong compared with other countries....
September 6, 2013A wave of coal-based chemical investments in China has created a new phase of chemical production in the country, says a recent IHS Chemical report, China Coal Chemical Industry...
August 23, 2013Syngenta (Basel), the leading global producer of crop protection chemicals and the third-largest seeds player, has ambitious goals. The company, in 2011, combined the commercial operations of these two businesses to serve farmers with an integrated, crop-by-crop offering....