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March 11, 2011
This century, humanity faces its biggest challenge: meeting the needs for food, energy, and materials of a growing and increasingly wealthy population without compromising the ability...
March 11, 2011
When explaining why this International Year of Chemistry is so important, I can think of no better way to express it than the year’s slogan: ‘Chemistry: Our Life, Our...
March 11, 2011
The chemical industry and academics must work together to promote the role of chemistry in solving global challenges, Mandery says. “We need academia to get involved. They have...
March 8, 2011
For dozens of biomaterial companies, the goal of applying emerging technologies that can economically convert biomass, including cellulose-rich biomass, into fuels and chemicals is...
March 1, 2011
Overall value and volumes are below the frenzied levels of 2007 but chemical M&A is active again. Some $36 billion in chemical deals were completed in 2010, up 44% from 2009, says...
February 25, 2011
Industrial gases profits rebounded strongly in 2010 after a relatively weak 2009. “The first half of 2010 was about stabilization, then toward the end of the year we started to...
February 25, 2011
M&A in Europe has started the year with a bang with DuPont’s $6.3-billion offer for Danisco and Clariant’s proposed €2-billion offer for almost all of...
January 28, 2011
The long-term prospects for the global pharmaceutical fine chemicals industry look promising despite current volatility in the market. Contract manufacturing continues to grow as more...
January 21, 2011
Shifting consumer desires and market forces are challenging the soap and detergents industry to deliver more effective and greener products, and chemical suppliers continue to...
January 7, 2011
Industry enters 2011 with solid momentum with global and U.S. chemical shipments each forecast to increase by 5%, says Kevin Swift, ACC chief economist and managing director...
January 7, 2011
India’s strong economic development is expected to continue in 2011, with GDP growth of 8.7% anticipated in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2011, compared with growth of 8.5% in...
January 7, 2011
Analysts expect 2011 to be another strong year for M&A in the chemical industry. M&A activity should pick up this year because producers accumulated high cash levels during the...
January 7, 2011
The Chinese economy will grow 9.1% in 2011, compared with 9.6% in 2010, the Asian Development Bank (ADB; Manila) says. The mild pullback in growth this year reflects the expected...
January 7, 2011
Economists expect Brazil’s growth to moderate in 2011 to about 5.5% GDP growth, compared with last year’s growth of more than 7%. High on the list of Brazilian chemical producers...
January 7, 2011
Latin America is looking at another good year for growth, “with the usual proviso that it is subject to risks from abroad,” Morgan Stanley says. “What is unusual this year is...
January 7, 2011
The Canadian chemical industry will continue to recover in 2011, although growth will be “modest and fragile,” according to the Chemical Industry Association of Canada (CIAC...
January 7, 2011
The Bundesbank (Frankfurt), Germany’s central bank, forecasts GDP growth of 2% for Germany in 2011 and projects that the German economy grew 3.6% last year. “The recovery of the...
January 7, 2011
A gradual economic recovery is underway in Western Europe, driven by stronger exports and a rise in consumption and investment. “Confidence has rebounded and financial conditions...
January 7, 2011
The Mideast will remain the focal point for petrochemical start-ups this year and market strength should continue for the near-term, industry players say. Stable oil prices, and strong...
January 7, 2011
Recovery for Japan, and its chemical makers, continues to be driven by exports. Japan’s chemical shipments are expected to grow 3.5% in 2011, according to ACC. Chemical shipments are...
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