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September 9, 2014
The discovery of a cheaper and more efficient way to directly produce ethylene by George Curme in 1919 laid the foundation of the modern chemical industry. Applications for ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Revisiting-the-first-cracker-in-West-Virginia-as-shale-rekindles-interest_59713.html
August 29, 2014
China continues to drive growth in the worldwide chemical industry despite the country’s slower economy and the resurgence of the United States as a destination for petrochemical investments based on the shale gas revolution. The chemical industry in China is still growing at a double-digit rate, and leading overseas chemical companies strive to capture that growth with more investments in the country. China is also making substantial progress in developing a coal-to-chemicals industry, which is expected to gain an important share of the market during the next decade...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-still-roars-Double-digit-chemical-industry-growth-spurs-more-investments_63458.html
August 29, 2014
The foundations for solid chemicals M&A activity—cheap financing, lots of cash, and high valuations—remain in place, and interest in deals has been solid, industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/M-and-A-Valuations-remain-high-in-a-robust-market_63509.html
August 15, 2014

Canada’s chemical producers expected 2014 to be a difficult year, but they may have been overly cautious. Although recent earnings reports present a mixed picture, the industry as a whole had a good first half, according to data from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Canada-A-better-year-than-expected_63208.html
August 1, 2014
US chemical profits have rebounded over the past five years thanks to the shale gas boom. Not only are quarterly and yearly earnings, sales, and profits up, but these increases have extended to C-suite executives and vice presidents, since the increased focus on pay-for-performance is boosting compensation....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Executive-compensation-Pay-inches-up-metrics-evolve_62896.html
July 18, 2014

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest and Asia’s eighth-largest chemicals player, has a clear strategy to reinforce its leadership position at home and grow overseas. Bowon Vongsinudom, president and CEO of PTTGC since 1 October 2013, describes PTTGC’s plans and aspirations to CW.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/PTT-Global-Chemical-Seeking-to-double-sales-and-grow-overseas_62527.html
July 18, 2014
Der Mittelstand is the German term that encompasses the country’s small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), defined as those with an annual turnover of as much as €50 million ($68 million) and with up to 500 employees....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Germanys-Mittelstand-Envy-of-the-rest-of-the-world_62566.html
July 7, 2014
Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL), the chemcial operations of the Indian conglomerate Tata Group, has been growing domestically and internationally—with a clear leadership presence in India...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Tata-Chemicals-Targeting-growth-in-soda-ash-and-fertilizers_62061.html
July 7, 2014
Recent updates of ACC’s Responsible Care program, industry’s signature environmental, health, safety, and security effort, have focused on updates to its process safety code and a new product safety code. Both efforts aim to improve confidence in industry across the supply chain, including with the public and retailers....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Responsible-Care-Product-process-safety-codes-seen-as-critical-to-building-public-trust_62313.html
June 30, 2014
The outlook for electronic chemicals is improving following several years of tepid demand growth, say suppliers to the semiconductor sector. New chemistries and close collaboration are required to help chip makers meet the daunting technical challenge of meeting Moore’s Law through new chip architectures....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Electronic-chemicals-New-materials-keep-Moores-Law-on-track_62112.html
June 27, 2014
Samsung Engineering, a leading engineering and contruction (E&C) player, is headed by Choong Heum Park, who was appointed CEO in September 2013. In an exclusive interview with CW, he shares his views on the industry and Samsung Engineering’s aspirations....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Interview-with-CEO-of-Samsung-Engineering_61733.html
June 16, 2014
BASF has maintained its top spot in CW’s Billion Dollar Club 2012—our annual ranking of companies by chemical revenues on a dollar basis—with China’s Sinopec taking the second slot....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Billion-Dollar-Club-2012-BASF-takes-top-ranking-for-seventh-straight-year_55646.html
June 13, 2014
E&C companies are focusing on the United States and Canada for projects based on shale gas....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Engineering-and-construction-The-changing-landscape_61732.html
June 13, 2014
Sensient Technologies—fresh off an eventful first half of 2014 during which a new CEO took the helm, immediately followed by a proxy fight—is aiming to grow by moving its ingredients businesses in flavors, fragrances, and colors into higher-value, higher-margin products and businesses....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Sensient-Technologies-Moving-down-the-value-chain_61735.html
May 30, 2014
ACC CEO Cal Dooley highlighted the group’s efforts to advance product and process safety in the opening address at May’s Responsible Care Conference at Miami. Responsible Care product and process safety codes introduced by ACC last year provide the foundation for industry to effectively address public concerns about chemical safety, Dooley says....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Responsible-Care-ACC-steps-up-product-safety-efforts_61433.html
May 23, 2014

US competitiveness in polyethylene production and the growing use of coal-to-olefin technologies to produce polypropylene in China promise to alter trade flows for these products. Overcapacity continues to cloud the global outlook for polyvinyl chloride, but North American producers are considerably advantaged thanks to shale gas, which enables them to gain market share in South America. Polystyrene, meanwhile, is recovering, and Asia is expected to drive further growth.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Plastics-Trade-flows-shift-as-feedstock-technologies-provide-new-advantages_61258.html
May 23, 2014
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is likely to be a difficult business for many years to come. Overcapacity has pushed worldwide plant utilization rates to historic lows, and supply will far...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Stark-regional-differences-shape-PVC-outlook-beyond-2020_61259.html
May 23, 2014
the polystyrene (PS) market has been tough. Prices have doubled in the last 10 years, opening the door to competition from alternatives such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Polystyrene-demand-swings-back-on-renewed-growth-in-Asia_61260.html
May 9, 2014

Europe’s chemical distributors are benefiting from the slow recovery in the region’s economy, which began in the second half of 2013 and has continued into 2014. Distributors are cautiously optimistic in their outlooks and expect their financial performances to improve.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Distribution-A-brightening-outlook_60905.html
May 9, 2014
Müller: Setting ambitious growth targets. Azelis (Antwerp), a specialty chemicals distributor and one of Europe’s top five distributors, with sales of about €1...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Azelis-adjusts-strategy-improves-financial-standing_60906.html
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