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January 22, 2010

Consumer trends forced formulators to cut back on surfactants and switch to cheaper ingredients. As suppliers look forward to economic recovery this year, some worry these cost-cutting measures are here to stay.


January 22, 2010
Chemical railcar loadings last year were down 9.6% from 2008 levels and were off 12.2% from 2007, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington). But that slack did not necessarily translate into lower rates as it did with truck and water shipments, industry sources say....
January 22, 2010
Weak economic conditions have cut into consumer spending on household products, including laundry detergents. Producers are responding with more efficient production and by tapping...
January 13, 2010
External pressures are transforming Responsible Care, and trade groups are refocusing their programs to keep ahead of evolving global and domestic policy challenges. As part of that...
January 11, 2010
Activities relating to the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading plans are set...
January 11, 2010
Rapidly changing co-monomer prices and availability are keeping linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) markets in suspense while low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is showing promising...
January 8, 2010
While the outlook for 2010 is optimistic, industry sentiment remains cautious as producers hope that recent demand improvement—spurred largely by huge global stimulus programs—can...
January 8, 2010
Petrochemical producers expect another challenging year for the industry, as demand begins to rebound just as the market prepares for an onslaught of new capacity to come onstream in...
January 8, 2010
Specialty chemical makers are cautious but say they expect demand to improve compared to 2009. Customers, especially those exposed to consumer markets, have completed or are nearly...
January 8, 2010
Oil prices will likely remain stable at around $80/bbl as demand growth averages about 3% this year, says Purvin & Gertz (Houston). “The global energy balance is more...
January 8, 2010
Demand will be the driver for recovery in the chlor-alkali industry this year after volatile prices in 2009, market players say. “The outlook for this year hinges on caustic soda...
January 8, 2010
Stronger commodity and specialty crop pricing in 2010 will help crop protection markets “see some rebound” this year, although grower backlash from 2009 pricing initiatives...
January 8, 2010
Fertilizer market conditions are expected to log steady improvements this year as attractive agricultural commodity prices encourage farmers to increase crop production, according to...
January 8, 2010
Industrial gases firms were slower than their customers to suffer the effects of the economic downturn and will likely be slower to benefit as the economy recovers this year, analysts...
January 8, 2010
The global pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow 4%-6% this year, and sales will exceed $825 billion, says consulting firm IMS Health (Norwalk, CT). IMS Health also expects the...
January 8, 2010
While overall financial markets and M&A deal volume has recovered a bit from the bottom during the first half of 2009, the road to full recovery will be long, bankers say. There...
January 8, 2010
Chemical industry representatives in Washington are busy after lawmakers last year pushed legislative action on every top industry priority—climate and energy, the Toxics...
January 8, 2010
Canadian chemical producers expect sales values to post a modest increase of 2% in 2010, with overall sales volumes remaining unchanged from very low levels in 2009, according to...
January 8, 2010
The economic downturn has not halted plans for several major projects, and Braskem (São Paulo) has a hand in nearly all of them. Braskem at CW press time was said to be close to...
January 8, 2010
Economic recovery is spreading across Europe following the dramatic slump in activity in late 2008 and early 2009. Growth is expected to continue into 2010 but is likely to remain...
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