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May 30, 2013

The chemical industry continues to face widespread public mistrust despite being an enabler of advances that are key to solving global challenges as well as efforts to improve product and process safety. Increased transparency and stakeholder dialogue about industry’s considerable corporate social responsibility efforts should help reshape public perception.

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May 30, 2013
The chemical industry ranks 15th out of 18 business sectors in terms of public trust in the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey of 26,000 respondents across 26 countries...
May 16, 2013
Europe’s chemical distributors struggled to increase revenue last year. Any growth they achieved was most likely in the first half of 2012 as the already weak European economy deteriorated toward year-end. Conditions remained tough in the first quarter of 2013, and companies say the market may not grow this year. Meanwhile, industry consolidation continues as distributors seek to boost their geographic footprint or fill gaps in their portfolios through acquisitions....
May 2, 2013
Strategic positioning and innovation are key components of maintaining high margins and profitability for specialty chemicals. Companies with strong research and innovation capabilities, close customer relationships, and a fine-grained view of markets and products will stay ahead of the curve, producers and analysts say....
May 2, 2013
The home health care sector has been receiving significant attention from Europe-based industrial gases companies in recent years. Changing demographics, government austerity measures...
May 2, 2013
Industrial gas makers are seeing modest volume gains in early 2013. Demand tends to track domestic and global industrial production, and the segment is seeing modest signs of growth in the United States and stronger prospects in China....
April 25, 2013
China is in the midst of a surge in coal-to-chemicals investment, says Paul Pang, managing director of IHS Chemical China....
April 26, 2013
Japan's chemical makers are hoping that their strong commitment to innovation and new aggressive government stimulus will recharge growth....
April 11, 2013

New applications for adhesives, including in automotive and aerospace, are helping drive growth in the sector as demand in large segments, such as construction, picks up.

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March 28, 2013

Chemical makers are sharpening focus on the business of sustainability and placing it at the center of growth strategies. For many, the practice of sustainability is already generating huge benefits in efficiency and profits. Providing for the energy, water, food, housing, mobility, and hygiene needs of a growing population—all while mitigating climate change and dwindling resources—is creating large market opportunities.

Producers say their companies are uniquely positioned to help solve looming global challenges posed by population growth, climate change, and constrained natural resources. Embedding sustainability in day-to-day operations and refocusing product portfolios and innovation on solutions to meet the needs of human development are vital to top-line growth and long-term viability, they say.

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March 14, 2013
Europe’s approach to shale remains cautious. The European petrochemical industry’s hopes that shale exploration and exploitation will take hold, as it is in the United States, continue to be tempered by sociopolitical pressures at the EU decision-making level....
March 14, 2013

Shale gas development has granted the US chemical industry a renewed lease on life by driving costs down, pushing margins up, and attracting a flood of capital investment.

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