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September 17, 2014
An extraordinary turn of events is underway in the petrochemical industry. The shale revolution has sparked a new wave of energy supply, creating a manufacturing renaissance—one we haven’t seen in my lifetime—right here in the United States. There is, however, one critical element that could throttle this opportunity—the availability of technically skilled workers to build, operate, and maintain the $100-billion or more of announced US chemical projects....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-The-looming-need-for-skilled-workers_63808.html
September 17, 2014
I believe the single biggest factor for the chemical industry in the next 30 years is global population growth....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Meeting-the-needs-of-the-next-billion_63806.html
September 17, 2014
It is extremely difficult in a hypercompetitive world to anticipate 20 years ahead. Identifying trends and charting a path for the future while managing profound and rapid changes in energy, technology, the global economy, and geopolitics is a challenge for any leader....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Getting-and-staying-fit-for-the-future_63805.html
September 17, 2014
Over the coming decades, ExxonMobil sees strong demand for petrochemicals driven by an expanding middle class in the developing world....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Emerging-middle-class-provides-growth-tailwinds_63802.html
September 17, 2014
BASF is turning 150 next year. If we look back at BASF in 1865 and at BASF today, it is obvious that our company has constantly changed and developed. We have continuously monitored and adapted to changes in our business environment resulting from societal trends, technological breakthroughs, legislative and regulatory reforms, and macroeconomic developments. And yet, our ability to foresee the future is limited. Surprises are always possible....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Innovation-spurs-change-in-industry_63801.html
September 17, 2014
The 100th anniversary of IHS Chemical Week provides a platform to look backward and forward....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Energys-future-will-confound-predictions_63800.html
September 17, 2014
Since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008–09, there have been dramatic changes in global competitiveness that have eroded the advantage of emerging markets and boosted that of the advanced economies....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Changes-in-global-competitiveness-and-their-implications_63799.html
September 17, 2014
Is our glass half empty or half full? This is the critical question global chemical business leaders are debating today—and how they answer has a significant impact on their perspective and strategic direction....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Looking-forward-Global-cost-demand-differentials-will-spawn-disruption_63798.html
September 17, 2014
The current decade began with China’s chemical industry overtaking in 2010 that of the United States to become the largest in the world in terms of total output value....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/2010s-United-States-returns-on-the-investment-map_63789.html
September 17, 2014
The 2000s are bookended by two severe recessions—the second of which was the worst downturn in decades. In between, high and volatile natural gas prices rearranged the geography of petrochemicals production, emerging markets demand took center stage, and multibillion-dollar deals altered the industry’s competitive landscape....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/2000s-In-like-a-bull-out-like-a-bear_63788.html
September 17, 2014
The 1990s heralded the industry’s biggest restructuring since the 1920s, particularly in Europe. Developments in the adjacent oil and pharmaceutical industries partly drove the change. Oil companies, particularly in the United States, began to pull back from some chemical operations. Meanwhile, mounting price pressures in pharmaceuticals, driven by government budgetary restraints and the failed Clinton US health-care reforms in 1993, and growing competition in chemicals from newly emerging regions impelled major pharma-chemical conglomerates, especially in Europe, to focus on their core life sciences operations...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1990s-Industry-restructures-draws-apart-from-oil-and-pharma_63787.html
September 17, 2014
The focus in the chemical industry in the 1980s turned to emphasizing safety and outreach after the 1984 Bhopal disaster....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1980s-Safety-and-environment-become-priorities_63786.html
September 17, 2014
Rising environmentalism and new regulatory paradigms during the 1970s caused widespread changes in how the chemical industry operates and laid the foundation for the industry’s current focus on corporate social responsibility and Responsible Care....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1970s-A-new-age-of-environmentalism-and-regulations_63784.html
September 17, 2014

The 1960s were a golden era of massive capital expenditure, rapid sales growth, and dramatic increases in plant size, particularly in the petrochemical sector, which increased in magnitude and in the number of companies competing to supply most of its products. The...

http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1960s-Petchems-investment-surge-goes-global_63783.html
September 17, 2014
Petrochemicals took off in the 1950s. Coal had long been the primary source of organic chemicals, but the growing petroleum industry offered alternatives, and World War II accelerated their development....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1950s-The-petrochemical-boom_63790.html
September 17, 2014
A period of rapid innovation in the field of chemistry The backdrop of the 1930s in the United States was the Great Depression, colored by the Dust Bowl, which blighted the North...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/1930s-Innovation-and-the-advent-of-war_63781.html
September 11, 2014
The chemical industry continues to face public mistrust despite dramaticaly improving process and product safety under ACC’s Responsible Care program. The program is constantly evolving to address public concerns and improve industry’s health and safety profile....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Responsible-Care-focuses-on-continual-improvement_62314.html
September 11, 2014
Research 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....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Chemical-innovation-The-modern-research-lab-made-in-Germany_61401.html
September 9, 2014
The discovery of a cheaper and more efficient way to directly produce ethylene by George Curme in 1919 laid the foundation of the modern chemical industry. Applications for ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Revisiting-the-first-cracker-in-West-Virginia-as-shale-rekindles-interest_59713.html
August 29, 2014
China continues to drive growth in the worldwide chemical industry despite the country’s slower economy and the resurgence of the United States as a destination for petrochemical investments based on the shale gas revolution. The chemical industry in China is still growing at a double-digit rate, and leading overseas chemical companies strive to capture that growth with more investments in the country. China is also making substantial progress in developing a coal-to-chemicals industry, which is expected to gain an important share of the market during the next decade...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-still-roars-Double-digit-chemical-industry-growth-spurs-more-investments_63458.html
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