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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
August 29, 2014
The foundations for solid chemicals M&A activity—cheap financing, lots of cash, and high valuations—remain in place, and interest in deals has been solid, industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/M-and-A-Valuations-remain-high-in-a-robust-market_63509.html
August 15, 2014

Canada’s chemical producers expected 2014 to be a difficult year, but they may have been overly cautious. Although recent earnings reports present a mixed picture, the industry as a whole had a good first half, according to data from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Canada-A-better-year-than-expected_63208.html
August 1, 2014
US chemical profits have rebounded over the past five years thanks to the shale gas boom. Not only are quarterly and yearly earnings, sales, and profits up, but these increases have extended to C-suite executives and vice presidents, since the increased focus on pay-for-performance is boosting compensation....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Executive-compensation-Pay-inches-up-metrics-evolve_62896.html
July 18, 2014

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest and Asia’s eighth-largest chemicals player, has a clear strategy to reinforce its leadership position at home and grow overseas. Bowon Vongsinudom, president and CEO of PTTGC since 1 October 2013, describes PTTGC’s plans and aspirations to CW.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/PTT-Global-Chemical-Seeking-to-double-sales-and-grow-overseas_62527.html
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