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November 2, 2009
CW teamed up with CSC (Falls Church, VA), a consulting and information technology firm, to survey executives from 15 of the world’s leading chemical firms, to understand how they...
November 2, 2009
Leading Producers Respond to Increased Regulatory Complexity The increasing complexity of regulation is driving many chemical companies, including AkzoNobel, BASF, Dow Chemical...
October 30, 2009
The global economic downturn has clearly not spared Latin America, although the effect has been uneven. Some economies were hard hit, while others have shown remarkable resilience...
October 30, 2009
Mexican regulatory authorities say they granted permits for the first experimental plantings of genetically modified (GM) corn in Mexico. In a joint statement, the secretaries of...
October 20, 2009
ExxonMobil Chemical (Houston) officials say they remain focused on capturing the benefits of the company’s scale, high level of integration with ExxonMobil refinery and upstream operations, and strong technology and market positions....
October 19, 2009
BASF again secured the top spot in CW’s Billion-Dollar Club, an annual ranking of companies by chemical sales, for the third straight year. The company reported 2008 chemical revenues up 2%, to $58.3 billion. ExxonMobil Chemical has taken second place from Dow Chemical. ExxonMobil’s chemical revenues, including intersegement sales, rose 7%, to $58 billion. Dow finished in third place with sales up 7%, to $57.4 billion. Dow acquired Rohm and Haas (R&H) earlier this year, so those figures are not included in this year’s rankings....
October 16, 2009
Several companies have risen in the Billion-Dollar Club rankings this year because of M&A. Basell joined the top ten with its acquisition of Lyondell Chemical, and Akzo Nobel is in...
October 16, 2009
Fertilizer producers had a banner year in 2008. Strong global demand and high selling prices drove sales and profits up. As a result, fertilizer companies moved well ahead of their...
September 30, 2009
The global economic downturn that has swamped industry profits is also taking a toll on chemical industry executive compensation, CW’s annual survey finds.  Median total compensation for the 47 U.S. CEOs in the survey was $4.1 million in 2008, down 31% from the prior year....
September 23, 2009
Polymer producers in Europe say they are finally seeing some relief from the dismal demand that has plagued the industry since fourth-quarter 2008, although they concede the industry...
August 7, 2009
Chalking Up Success in the Downturn Technology developments and sales growth for nanomaterials have slowed markedly as a result of the global economic downturn. The nanomaterial...
July 24, 2009
Reshuffling the Deck Chemical consultants are refocusing as they contend with a sluggish economy and clients facing uncertain markets, executives say. Though most firms have avoided...
July 24, 2009
Honam Petrochemical (Seoul) has big ambitions to expand its operations in Korea and overseas. Honam merged with its Lotte Daesan subsidiary earlier this year, and within a few years...
July 10, 2009
Responsible Care has adapted over the past 22 years as environment, health, safety, and security challenges have evolved. New directions going forward include a global product...
July 10, 2009
ACC officials say a greater commitment to Responsible Care will provide the basis for more successful advocacy. ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley, who joined the organization in...
June 26, 2009
System Set to Reboot? The semiconductor industry has not yet been able to recover from last year’s sales tumble that brought electronic chemical manufacturers with it. Analysts...
June 26, 2009
Specialty chemical makers have worked to wring out costs, reduce headcount, and re-size manufacturing in response to the sharp global downturn and resulting lower volumes. Suppliers...
June 26, 2009
The market for polysilicon and other advanced chemicals and materials used in photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules is contracting, largely due to the recession. Firms that make...
June 12, 2009
Global demand for basic polymers—polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS)—is not expected to rise much, if at all, this year. Producers cite buyer...
June 12, 2009
The soft demand for durable goods, especially in the automotive and construction industries, has taken a toll on engineering plastics in the last year. Volatile raw material costs have...
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