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January 7, 2011
Plastics demand growth, at more than 5%/year, is expected to increase faster than global GDP through 2014, driven by the emerging economies, industry analysts say. “Robust demand for...
January 7, 2011
Specialty chemical producers expect the sector to continue to grow in 2011, but at a modest pace compared to last year. Emerging markets will drive demand, while growth in developed...
January 7, 2011
Chlor-alkali producers had a successful 2010, as prices for caustic soda increased throughout the year. However, further upside in 2011 may be limited, as new global supply remains a...
January 7, 2011
The global pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow 5%-7% in 2011, and sales will exceed $880 billion, consulting firm IMS Health (Norwalk, CT) says. “While the overall market...
January 7, 2011
Crop protection and seed volumes are expected to increase in 2011, but the favorable volume outlook will be partially offset by competitive price pressures, says Jim Loar, senior...
January 7, 2011
Fertilizer market conditions are expected to improve in 2011, as stable crop prices make it less risky for farmers to invest in fertilizers, according to the International Fertilizer...
January 7, 2011
The industrial gases market is expected to grow about 8% this year, driven by emerging markets, the healthcare sector, and strength in electronics production, says consulting firm J.R...
December 16, 2010
Recovery in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity continues, but deals are taking longer to complete than prior to the recession and conflicts over valuation persist, experts say. In the first three quarters of 2010, $32 billion in M&A deals were completed, according to Young & Partners (Y&P). The corresponding figure for all of 2009 was $25 billion. The market “is much healthier than last year, but the pace hasn’t changed since the summer,” says Peter Young, president of Y&P. “It improved mostly earlier this year and activity has been steady since.”...
December 9, 2010
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) announced in May of this year that it had, for the first time in scientific history, created a new, living microorganism in a...
December 9, 2010
To create the world’s first synthetic microorganism - a synthetic bacteria - scientists at the J. Craig Venture Institute (JCVI; San Diego, CA) first designed 1,078 specific...
December 9, 2010
Biotech firms disagree on whether or not synthetic biology will revolutionize biofuel and biochemical production or be perfected too late to overtake biotechnology processes already...
December 9, 2010
ACC’s strategic review of Responsible Care will make 2011 a pivotal year for the direction of the U.S. program. The organization will also intensify outreach efforts by expanding...
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