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September 11, 2015
sanctions by the United States and European Union against Russia have taken their toll on petrochemical trade in Europe. The European Union’s net trade surplus in chemicals with...
August 28, 2015
The Chinese economy is expected to decelerate further in the near future with the government now focused on moderate but sustainable growth. Chemical multinationals report that their revenues from China have fallen or stagnated. But, chemical investments in the country are continuing partly because the Chinese government’s emphasis on areas such as sustainable urbanization and environmental protection, as well as its multiple infrastructure projects, are expected to provide huge business opportunities for chemical companies....
August 28, 2015
The 12 August fire at the Tianjin Port that triggered two major explosions in a hazardous material warehouse resulting in at least 123 killed and more than 700 injured is the most serious accident in China port history....
August 14, 2015
The sodium chlorate market in Canada and North America overall are well balanced, and production units have an average operating rate of 88–90% even as producers manage output to...
August 14, 2015

The steep decline in the price of oil has ensured that Canada’s chemical producers will not this year match the strong performance of 2014, but business remains profitable.


July 31, 2015
As the industry benefitted from improving demand and a strong stock market in 2014, the pay for industry leaders jumped sizably. Compensation programs for senior executives continue to evolve, influenced by shareholder pressure and high stock prices....
July 17, 2015
Stock markets have been on a tear since the financial crisis—and chemical companies have reaped the rewards. But, with solid margins and a favorable operating environment, valuations have been stronger than the broader market for many chemical producers....
July 6, 2015

ACC’s Responsible Care program continues to embody continuous improvement, with product and process safety requirements the focus of its most recent updates. The push to boost confidence in industry may be paying off since the public is increasingly looking for credible, science-based information about the safety of chemicals rather than simply taking critics at their word, ACC says.


June 26, 2015

Demand for smaller, faster, and more powerful devices continues to lift demand for electronic chemicals. Suppliers expect Moore’s Law to continue to be upheld, although new chemistries will be key enablers of increasingly complex chip architectures.


June 15, 2015

ExxonMobil’s strategy focuses on adding supply in regions with advantaged feedstock, which includes North America, and expanding commercial and technical resources where petrochemicals will be sold, mainly emerging markets, particularly China.


June 23, 2015
Arkema (Paris), France’s largest chemicals company by sales, is significantly reshaping its portfolio to focus on more profitable businesses. The recent acquisition of Bostik, the world’s third-largest adhesives company; major investments to expand operations in Asia; and restructuring in the mature markets of Europe are the key points in the company’s transformation...
May 29, 2015
Increased transparency and stakeholder engagement underpin industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. The view of good corporate citizenship, however, is expanding beyond the factory fence line, and companies are developing comprehensive, global strategies to maximize impact....
June 1, 2015

Innovation and customer intimacy are key priorities for specialty chemical companies as they try to maintain margins. Pressure is coming from the ever-smaller window for new, high-margin products and the mixed impact of low energy costs. Working closely with customers is seen as an important way to preserve value.


May 8, 2015
LyondellBasell’s fortunes have reversed dramatically in the past five years. LyondellBasell, hobbled by more than $24 billion in debt after the December 2007 combination of...
May 8, 2015
Valuations for chemical companies have remained high, driven by cheap debt and high public stock market valuations....
April 24, 2015
Chemical distributors rode out a turbulent period in Europe during 2014, relying once again on their robust business model and ability to control costs. A spike in M&A activity, in Europe and elsewhere, reflected greater liquidity and availability of debt financing. Distributors expect an upturn at the end of last year to continue throughout 2015....
April 17, 2015
Asia’s olefins industry is restructuring. Old, inefficient naphtha crackers are being displaced by a wave of new, world-scale olefin plants, some based on naphtha but many based...
April 17, 2015
Japan’s chemical industry had a solid 2014 despite anemic conditions in the country’s overall economy. Large chemical makers gained despite Japan’s GDP declining...
April 6, 2015

Global adhesives and sealants manufacturers expect another year of steady growth, with modestly lower raw material prices boosting margins. Demand is expected to rise from industrial assembly applications, particularly automotive, as well as emerging markets with expanding consumer purchasing power.


March 20, 2015
North America’s natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) remain cost advantaged, but with oil prices at half their previous level, the returns expected for some projects may not be as compelling or reliable as once thought. Add to these considerations the ongoing resource crunch created by so much construction, and incentive is growing to postpone final investment decisions or even cancel projects....
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