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May 29, 2014
ACC CEO Cal Dooley highlighted the group’s efforts to advance product and process safety in the opening address at May’s Responsible Care Conference at Miami. Responsible Care product and process safety codes introduced by ACC last year provide the foundation for industry to effectively address public concerns about chemical safety, Dooley says....
May 22, 2014

US competitiveness in polyethylene production and the growing use of coal-to-olefin technologies to produce polypropylene in China promise to alter trade flows for these products. Overcapacity continues to cloud the global outlook for polyvinyl chloride, but North American producers are considerably advantaged thanks to shale gas, which enables them to gain market share in South America. Polystyrene, meanwhile, is recovering, and Asia is expected to drive further growth.

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May 22, 2014
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is likely to be a difficult business for many years to come. Overcapacity has pushed worldwide plant utilization rates to historic lows, and supply will far...
May 22, 2014
the polystyrene (PS) market has been tough. Prices have doubled in the last 10 years, opening the door to competition from alternatives such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene...
May 8, 2014

Europe’s chemical distributors are benefiting from the slow recovery in the region’s economy, which began in the second half of 2013 and has continued into 2014. Distributors are cautiously optimistic in their outlooks and expect their financial performances to improve.

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May 8, 2014
Müller: Setting ambitious growth targets. Azelis (Antwerp), a specialty chemicals distributor and one of Europe’s top five distributors, with sales of about €1...
May 8, 2014
North America has come back into focus for industrial gas makers thanks to shale gas. Capital investment has increased as major players compete for Gulf Coast pipeline expansions, on-site air separation units, and other bulk and packaged gas sales....
April 24, 2014

While sharp yen depreciation and aggressive fiscal stimulus have helped stabilize Japan’s economy, producers continue to target specialties and higher-performance materials for which value and competitive position have not set by energy or feedstock costs.

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April 24, 2014
Despite uncertain economic reports, many Asian economies, China included, still boast GDP growth rates among the highest in the world. Economic growth invariably translates to demand growth for petrochemicals and polymers, making Asia the engine of global demand for olefins....
April 17, 2014

While the primary beneficiaries of shale gas have been North American commodity chemical producers, specialties makers, too, hope for cheaper raw materials and a lift for US industrial production because of cheap energy costs. Growth in automotive and construction and rising costs in high-growth economies are also making North America more competitive.

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April 3, 2014
Deal activity in the chemical sector has settled into a groove, driven by cheap financing, large asset divestitures, and healthy valuations....
April 3, 2014
Boutique private equity chemical investors SK Capital Partners (New York) and Arsenal Capital (New York) have been on a tear recently, buying up assets sold by public companies and building chemicals portfolios to rival much bigger names both in private equity and at large corporations....
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