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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...
January 8, 2010
The Russian government is steering the economy out of recession with a package of stimulus measures that should bear fruit in 2010. “After an initial sharp rebound from the deep...
January 8, 2010
The Mideast petchems sector remains in a phase of phenomenal growth. The Mideast is expected to add more than 4 million m.t./year of ethylene capacity this year, following the...
January 8, 2010
Continuation of the Chinese government’s fiscal stimulus, and moderate recovery in the global economy will help generate GDP growth in China of 8.9% in 2010, compared with 8.2%...
January 8, 2010
Modest recovery is expected to continue in Japan, driven by export demand, particularly from China. Domestic demand remains weak, weighed down by rising unemployment and appreciation...
January 8, 2010
India’s economic growth slowed with the global economic crisis, but GDP is forecast to accelerate in 2010. The Indian economy is expected to grow 7% this year, compared with 6%...
January 8, 2010
Emerging Asian economies are performing better than anticipated thanks to swift policy responses to the economic downturn and an improved external environment, the Asian Development...
December 18, 2009
As the first decade of the new millennium draws to a close, CW reviews the stories and trends that had the biggest impact on industry over the past 10 years. The rapid advance of...
December 11, 2009
ACC says it will offer a three-year dues waiver to small and medium-sized chemical makers as part of an initiative to grow the ranks of member firms and the group’s influence...
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