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January 9, 2012
Global demand for fertilizers is forecast to grow 3.8%/year through 2013, to 415 million m.t., driven by renewed investment after users pulled back in response to the high prices and...
January 9, 2012
Demand for renewable materials is expected to post strong gains in 2012, as large-scale projects progress, availability increases, and partnerships along the supply chain continue the...
January 9, 2012
High crop prices should drive solid demand for seeds and crop protection products in 2012, and glyphosate-resistant weeds and new seed technologies could help second-tier firms such as...
January 9, 2012
Demand in the North American chlor-alkali sector is forecast to slightly grow this year. Demand for caustic soda in North America is expected to grow about 2.3% this year, to about...
January 9, 2012
Global demand for specialty chemicals is expected to grow 3.7% in 2012, after 3.5% growth last year, ACC says. “Gains in basic chemicals will slow in 2012 with specialties...
January 9, 2012
Most polymer makers expect a modest improvement in the overall economy in 2012, perhaps as much as 2%, with polymer demand keeping pace and growing slightly above growth in the overall...
January 9, 2012
The increase in shale gas production has dramatically transformed the outlook for North American energy supplies and for the petrochemical industry. Petrochemical makers in particular...
January 9, 2012
Petrochemical producers expect a stronger year as demand continues to recover and capacity additions in the Mideast slow. Global demand for ethylene is expected to increase 3.9% in...
January 9, 2012
The coming year “promises to be one of key importance” to industry in terms of European regulations, says Giles Chappell, attorney at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP...
January 9, 2012
ACC’s priorities in Washington this year include work on legislation for revising the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and improvements to the U.S. EPA’s Integrated Risk...
January 9, 2012
Economic growth in the Asia/Pacific region will be about 5% in 2012, similar to the growth rate in 2011, a recent report by analysts at IHS Global Insight (London) says. Risks loom...
January 9, 2012
India’s economic expansion is expected to slow in 2012, with a GDP growth forecast of 7%-8% for the fiscal years ending March 31, 2012 and 2013, compared with growth of 8.5% in...
January 9, 2012
Spending on earthquake recovery efforts following the March 11 East Japan Great Earthquake should boost Japan’s economy and chemical demand this year. Japan’s GDP is...
January 9, 2012
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states continue to invest heavily in chemicals, and some of the world’s largest new petrochemical projects are in this region. The local...
January 9, 2012
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the eurozone debt crisis will slow Russia’s GDP growth, to 3.5% in 2012 compared with an earlier prediction of 4.1%. The European...
January 9, 2012
Cefic recently revised its 2012 forecast for growth in Europe’s chemicals output to 1.5%, from 2.5%. Cefic also downgraded its projection for 2011 growth in European chemical...
January 9, 2012
Chemical industry output growth in Germany is expected to slow to 1% in 2012 from 4% in 2011, says industry association VCI (Frankfurt). Growth in sales by Germany’s chemical...
January 9, 2012
Canadian chemical makers expect modest growth in 2012 due to global economic weakness, feedstock constraints, the strength of the Canadian dollar, and rising electricity and labor...
January 9, 2012
Industry executives are closely monitoring Latin America in early 2012 for indications of how well the region withstands external pressures, including problems in the eurozone...
January 9, 2012
The Chinese economy will grow 7.8% in 2012, compared with 9.2% in 2011, says Alistair Thornton, China analyst/global economics group at IHS Global Insight (Beijing). The Chinese...
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