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April 14, 2016

Four historic $10-billion-plus megadeals­­­­­—most notably Dow-DuPont, but also Air Liquide-Airgas, ChemChina-Syngenta, and Sherwin-Williams-Valspar—have been announced in the past six months. With big shifts in the industry’s competitive landscape, we take a look back at some big deals of the past and consider the promises and pitfalls of deal-making.

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April 7, 2016

Although paint and coating manufacturers say business prospects look solid this year, there are significant variations by region and even by country. Meanwhile, sustainability and energy-efficiency concerns continue to drive innovation, and a new global revenue leader looks set to emerge.

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March 24, 2016

Trends in the automotive, electrical and electronic consumer goods, and construction sectors are providing the engineering plastics industry with growth opportunities. China also remains a growth engine despite the country’s economic slowdown, and the low crude-oil price environment and foreign exchange swings are providing some margin relief for producers, especially those in traditionally less competitive regions.

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March 10, 2016
Palumbo: Campus recruiting going well. Chemical companies are addressing common challenges in talent management, including filling executive positions from an often-thin bench, finding...
March 10, 2016
The combination of Dow Chemical and DuPont took a step closer with the joint DowDuPont merger proxy filing at the beginning of March. The document sheds light on the strategic...
March 3, 2016

Cheap energy and feedstocks have attracted hundreds of chemical projects to North America, but most were planned when crude oil prices were two or three times higher than current values. Will they proceed?

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February 18, 2016

Lower gasoline prices are boosting demand and keeping refinery utilization rates high. Because catalysts are key to refiners’ profitability, the latest technologies remain in demand. In China, market players demand for refinery catalysts will fare better than its GDP growth.

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February 11, 2016
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) is focused on strengthening its basic petrochemicals business while diversifying more into specialty products. The company is also looking to increase...
January 29, 2016
Business is picking up for the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) industry, and the outlook for the pharma supply chain is positive for the next few years, according to industry association European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG; Brussels)....
January 14, 2016

After years of declining volumes and tough pricing, soap and detergent manufacturers say the category returned to growth in 2015. Amid weakness in emerging markets, soapers are counting on innovation and improved functionalities to bolster demand.

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January 14, 2016
Strategic priorities for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI; Washington) this year center on advocacy and strengthening programs in critical areas: sustainability, ingredient safety, and education and outreach, says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI president and CEO. ACI will hold its 2016 annual meeting and industry convention in Orlando, FL, 25–30 January. The 2016 convention formally kicks off ACI’s 90th anniversary....
January 14, 2016
Slower growth is expected in 2016 and beyond for surfactants makers as economic growth decelerates in China and other emerging markets. The total value of global surfactants sales...
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