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March 26, 2010
The onslaught of Mideast capacity additions that industry players had expected to drive down margins and lower operating rates last year has been slow to materialize. Amid new assets...
March 26, 2010
The eastward shift in global petrochemical production to the Mideast and Asia, combined with the effects of the economic crisis, is likely to take a heavy toll on the petchem industry...
March 26, 2010
Global butadiene prices have skyrocketed over the past year, surprising some players by the speed and degree of the increase. U.S. and Asian prices have steadily climbed, but the most...
March 16, 2010
The 12 principles of green chemistry, first published by U.S. chemists Paul Anastas and John Warner 12 years ago, are being adopted faster than ever before, experts say. Contract...
March 11, 2010

CEO Andrew Liveris says the company is back on solid ground after a tumultuous 2009, and now has the portfolio needed to accelerate growth in revenues and profit.


February 26, 2010

CEO Andrew Liveris says the company is back on solid ground after a tumultuous 2009, and now has the portfolio needed accelerate growth in revenues and profit.


February 26, 2010
Volumes are beginning to recover at industrial gases firms following a difficult year of weak demand, but revenue growth is still lagging behind that of other industries. Gases firms...
February 12, 2010
Leading pharmaceutical and generic drug manufacturers are injecting dramatically more money into biologic drugs in a bid to push up profitability. As the market for biologic drugs--also known as bio- therapeutics--grows, the opportunities for contract manufacturing of biologics will grow, industry experts say....
January 29, 2010
Strong economic growth, which has continued at an annual rate exceeding 6% even during the global economic slowdown, and a huge domestic market with a population of more than 1.2...
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...
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