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January 13, 2009
Down, but Not Out Latin America’s growth prospects this year will be considerably less than envisioned in mid-2008, but countries including Brazil and Peru are relatively well...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Latin-America_16311.html
January 13, 2009
Facing the Deepest Recession in Years Economies in the European Union (EU) are still reeling from the tumultuous events of late 2008. The deepening credit crisis led to large-scale...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Europe_16312.html
January 13, 2009
Economic Turmoil May Lead to Recession Sharp falls in the global price of oil and metals, and the deepening financial crisis, have had a damaging impact on the Russian economy. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Eastern-Europe_16313.html
January 13, 2009
Oil Price Tumbles; Petchem Capacity Due The price of oil is expected to remain low in 2009, reflecting lower demand caused by the global economic downturn, analysts say. The price of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Mideast_16314.html
January 13, 2009
Financial Crisis Spreads The impact of the global financial crisis is spreading to emerging markets, including those of Asia/Pacific, and it is likely to become more severe this year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Asia_16315.html
January 13, 2009
An Uncertain Future Ahead Petrochemical producers expect demand to be volatile this year, as nearly 20% of North American ethylene capacity was offline at the end of 2008. Growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Petrochemcials_16316.html
January 13, 2009
Spending Increases to Tackle Slump The global economic crisis has had a huge impact on China, the world’s fastest-growing major economy. The World Bank predicts that GDP growth...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China_16317.html
January 13, 2009
Higher Yen, Costs Hurt Prospects The shocks from commodity prices and financial turbulence are expected to bring Japan’s economic expansion to an end in 2009. Japan’s GDP...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Japan_16318.html
January 13, 2009
Leading Producers Plan Output Cuts The Indian economy is expected to slow this year as a result of the global economic and financial crisis. Indian GDP growth will be about 6.5%, down...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/India_16319.html
January 13, 2009
Sector Maintains a Steady Pace The global pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow 4.5%- 5.5% this year, a pace similar to 2008, and pharma industry sales will exceed $820 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Fine-Chemicals_16324.html
January 13, 2009
Seed Prices Stay Well Grounded Seed value will continue to be driven by the promise of significantly improved yields, coupled with traits replacing or reducing chemical need, says...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Agriculture_16325.html
January 13, 2009
Waiting for the Market to Hit Bottom Prices for plastics collapsed late last year amid depressed demand and production output reductions. “Overall, demand for polymers slowed...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Plastics_16320.html
January 13, 2009
Costs to Remain on the Watch List Many specialty chemical suppliers say they are concerned about growth prospects this year as the economies of the U.S., Western Europe, and that of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Specialties_16321.html
January 13, 2009
Energy Prices Set for Modest Rebound Crude oil prices will likely bounce back from their current steep lows, but they are likely to remain well below that of the first half of 2008...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Feedstocks_16322.html
January 13, 2009
Low Operating Rates Keep Supply Tight The tight caustic soda supply that characterized much of 2008 is expected to persist through the first quarter of 2009. Several producers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Chlor-Alkali_16323.html
January 13, 2009
High Prices Likely to Come Down Fertilizer prices are expected to sag in the near-term, due to larger-than-anticipated inventories, analysts say. Fertilizer firms expect challenging...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Fertilizers_16326.html
December 22, 2008
The past year has been a period of major change for AkzoNobel (Amsterdam). Two large-scale merger and acquisition (M&A) deals—the €11-billion ($14.7 billion) divestment...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/AkzoNobel_16026.html
December 22, 2008
There are several obstacles, including the weak economy, that threaten to stall alternative fuel investments in 2009, producers say. In fact, signs of a slowdown are already appearing...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Alternative-Fuels_16027.html
December 12, 2008

Arkema (Paris), France’s biggest chemical company by sales, is on track to achieve its mid-term profitability goals by the end of 2010 and to continue its expansion, says Thierry Le Hénaff, chairman and CEO. The targets will be achieved through ongoing restructuring as well as “selective” organic growth and “clever” bolt-on acquisitions, Le Hénaff says. The company has already undergone drastic changes to improve profitability and reduce portfolio cyclicality since its creation by Total four years ago and its separation from Total in May 2006 via a listing on the Euronext (Paris) stock exchange.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Arkema-Moving-to-a-Higher-Margin-Portfolio_15887.html
December 5, 2008
The U.S. regulatory landscape will change dramatically next year as Democrats take control of both the White House and Congress for the first time since 1994. Key policy decisions...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Regulatory-Challenges_15742.html
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