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June 11, 2010
The Middle East plastics industry was originally focused almost solely on polyethylene as producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries built plants to make ethylene and...
June 11, 2010
New life has been injected into the traditionally stolid low-density polyethylene (LDPE) market as global megatrends contribute to a broadening of LDPE’s uses, including those in...
June 4, 2010
Specialty chemicals have been traditionally defined as higher-margin, lower-volume products sold on the value they provide in use. Some sectors within the market have taken on...
May 21, 2010
Chemical distributors’ sales fell in 2009 as a result of collapsing demand caused by the global economic downturn. However, earnings remained relatively steady, demonstrating the...
May 14, 2010
Wacker Chemie (Munich) has evolved from a broad-based, family-owned chemicals group into a publicly quoted, global specialist in products serving high-growth sectors including...
May 2, 2010
Chemical demand is improving steadily, even in Japan, prodding producers to plot strategy on how to capture growth. Demand is expected to be flat in domestic markets so Japanese...
April 23, 2010
Refining catalyst firms expect modest demand growth this year driven by a renewed focus on process optimization and by a resumption in refill orders that had been delayed in 2009. For...
April 12, 2010
Suppliers to the paints and coatings industry say they are optimistic about the sector’s prospects this year, despite last year’s volume declines of 20%-30% and broad...
April 12, 2010
Paintmakers and suppliers to the coatings sector say that customer destocking has come to an end, and there is strong growth in emerging markets, especially China. However, executives say rising raw material costs will be a challenge this year....
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....
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