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March 20, 2009
Six months ago the price of sweet crude oil hit $147/barrel and not long before that some analysts predicted it could go as high as $200/bbl. The situation prompted some chemical...
March 10, 2009
Most industrial gases firms posted 2008 earnings and revenues increases despite lower volumes in certain end markets. Major players expect that demand will continue in energy and...
March 6, 2009
The global economic turmoil has created a chilly environment for industry M&A this year as companies remain pinned down by frozen credit markets. The slowdown in the economy and in...
February 23, 2009
The Solution to Petchem Volatility? The volatility of oil-based petrochemical prices, which constrained margins and crippled industry earnings last year, forced chemical producers to...
February 9, 2009
Some chemical companies say it is more profitable and environmentally beneficial to design and produce chemicals that may be readily recovered as raw materials once a product’s...
February 9, 2009
The Dutch government and the state of California have each started putting plans in place to adopt cradle-to-cradle (C2C) systems. In the Netherlands, the government requires that...
February 9, 2009
Slow Demand, Poor Economy Forces Suppliers to Restructure The financial woes that have plagued papermakers in recent years are expected to continue at least for the near future as...
January 23, 2009
A growing major challenge facing oleochemical suppliers is competition with biodiesel manufacturers that use some of the same raw materials, including tallow, in their refineries. The...
January 23, 2009
Several formulators are focusing on reducing their environmental footprint over the entire life cycle of their product. JohnsonDiversey (Sturtevant, WI) and SC Johnson (Racine, WI)...
January 23, 2009
The slowing economy threatens to pull the plug on growth in the soap and detergent market and move consumer buying patterns toward less costly products. Suppliers say a combination of...
January 16, 2009
The pharmaceutical industry is going through a period of transition with many major drug companies restructuring to cut costs. Fine chemicals and contract manufacturing service...
January 14, 2009
All Eyes on Washington’s Next Move There are a host of challenges that lie ahead which will have an impact on transportation safety and security initiatives, especially in the...
January 13, 2009
Tracking the Cost of Change Industry groups will wrestle with a long list of U.S. policy changes after President-elect Barack Obama takes office. The top industry priority is that...
January 13, 2009
Searching for the New Normal Chemical makers may be glad to bid good riddance to a tumultuous fourth-quarter, but they are not likely to be any happier in early 2009 as output...
January 13, 2009
Backlogs Remain Strong Industrial gases producers face a difficult first half of the year as customers lower their operating rates amid decreased chemical manufacturing demand...
January 13, 2009
Smaller Transactions to Drive M&A M&A volume will be slow through at least the first half of the year as companies assess the extent of the economic downturn and get a better...
January 13, 2009
Focusing In on the Details Chemical firms will be coming to grips this year with the highly complex and costly process of generating and collating data under the European Union’s...
January 13, 2009
Weak U.S. Demand Heads North Canadian chemical producers expect sales value to be down 27% in 2009, or 13% on a volume basis. That is because the 2008 slowdown will continue...
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...
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...
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