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January 7, 2011
The industrial gases market is expected to grow about 8% this year, driven by emerging markets, the healthcare sector, and strength in electronics production, says consulting firm J.R...
December 16, 2010
Recovery in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity continues, but deals are taking longer to complete than prior to the recession and conflicts over valuation persist, experts say. In the first three quarters of 2010, $32 billion in M&A deals were completed, according to Young & Partners (Y&P). The corresponding figure for all of 2009 was $25 billion. The market “is much healthier than last year, but the pace hasn’t changed since the summer,” says Peter Young, president of Y&P. “It improved mostly earlier this year and activity has been steady since.”...
December 15, 2010
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) announced in May of this year that it had, for the first time in scientific history, created a new, living microorganism in a...
December 10, 2010
To create the world’s first synthetic microorganism - a synthetic bacteria - scientists at the J. Craig Venture Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) first designed 1,078 specific...
December 10, 2010
Biotech firms disagree on whether or not synthetic biology will revolutionize biofuel and biochemical production or be perfected too late to overtake biotechnology processes already...
December 10, 2010
ACC’s strategic review of Responsible Care will make 2011 a pivotal year for the direction of the U.S. program. The organization will also intensify outreach efforts by expanding...
December 6, 2010
Ethane availability and feedstock pricing will remain key to the future growth of the Mideast petrochemical industry. With new sources of associated gas waning as oil production...
December 6, 2010
Chemical companies in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, encouraged by their governments to create employment and add value to their increasingly limited raw material resources...
December 3, 2010

Next year will mark the 35th anniversary of the foundation of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic; Riyadh), a company established to add value to Saudi Arabia’s natural resources and make the Kingdom less dependent on oil exports. Until Sabic’s first petrochemical plants came onstream in the early 1980s, natural gas produced in Saudi Arabia, in association with crude oil, was flared or re-injected.


November 19, 2010
Confidence has returned to the chemical distribution sector after strong sales growth so far this year. “Driven by minimal stocks held by customers that had to be replenished...
November 19, 2010
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Arlington, VA) says it is “cautiously optimistic” that the new makeup of Congress will be more attuned to the concerns of...
November 15, 2010
The promise of producing chemicals from renewable feedstocks is becoming a reality thanks to advances in metabolic engineering and process development. Several biobased plastics are...
November 12, 2010
Industrial biotechnology is expected to be a new driver of jobs in the U.S. chemical industry, which has suffered significant declines in employment as the global production base moves...
October 29, 2010
Latin America’s GDP is expected to grow 5.2% in 2010 with Brazil taking the lead at more than 7%. Economists expect regional growth to recede to about 4% in 2011, but that is...
October 29, 2010
A survey of more than 200 chemical companies carried out in September 2010 by CW in association with consulting firm CSC (Falls Church, VA) identified that supply-chain communication...
October 29, 2010
Brazil’s largest petrochemical firm Braskem (São Paulo) started operations in late September at a 200,000-m.t./year ‘green’ ethylene plant at Triunfo, Brazil—the world’s...
October 15, 2010
Recovery Replenishes Outlook Polymer demand growth, at more than 5%/year, is expected to increase faster than global GDP through 2014, driven by the emerging economies of China, India...
October 15, 2010
Plastic additive producers say demand for their products is strong, helped by a rebound in the auto industry and packaging sectors. The plastic additives sector is growing in line with...
October 12, 2010
For the second year, CW has teamed up with consulting firm CSC (Falls Church, VA) to survey executives on sustainability and regulatory challenges. The survey received over 200...
October 12, 2010
Key players in the chemical industry are reorienting their product portfolios and assessing their supply chains and other functions to ensure they can respond effectively to growing...
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