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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...
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...
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...
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.


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...
November 21, 2008
The timing of the latest wave of Mideast capacity could be better. Global petrochemical demand is tumbling, dragging pricing and margins with it, just as Mideast producers are set to...
November 18, 2008
Top chemical distributors have successfully battled rising costs and regulatory pressures during the last six years, with many posting strong sales and earnings and some with ample...
November 18, 2008
Many small- and mid-size chemical distributors say that they have not yet been seriously affected by the economic crisis and are unclear about how or whether it will affect them...
November 10, 2008
Recent oil price volatility, anticipated growth in consumer demand for green plastics, and the relatively low cost of sugar cane-derived ethanol have caused a rush of investments in...
November 10, 2008
The troubled economic environment has heightened concerns among paintmakers that have been struggling with the slowdowns in the automotive and housing sectors, two of their biggest end...
November 10, 2008
Architectural paint analysts are using paint cross-sections on historical landmarks to learn about the past—from the status, wealth, and taste of the site’s owner to clues...
November 7, 2008
South America has experienced a period of relative stability in recent years with most countries enjoying strong currencies, enhanced consumer confidence, and sustained GDP growth...
October 27, 2008
Green chemistry has begun shifting from its position as a commendable but marginal activity to a mainstay production strategy among large and small chemical companies. It is being...
October 20, 2008
The global plastics additives market is expected to grow 4.5%/year through 2010, driven by strong growth in emerging regions, especially China, according to a report from Townsend...
October 20, 2008
Demand for engineering plastics will rise 3.1%/year to reach 5.4 billion lbs by 2012, says a recent report from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland). “Advances will be driven by a...
October 20, 2008
Dwindling output from state-owned oil and petrochemical facilities has prompted the administration of Mexican president Felipe Calderón to propose widespread reform of the...
October 20, 2008
Economic jitters and its effects on consumer spending have plastics producers revising demand forecasts downward and looking for ways to cut costs. Some producers are also pressured by...
October 3, 2008
The Weak European and U.S. economies, high raw material costs, and a sustained slump in the U.S. automotive and housing and construction markets are hurting many players in the...
October 3, 2008
Sabic beat out Bayer for the number 10 slot in this year’s Billion-Dollar Club, with 2007 revenues of SR126.2 billion ($33.6 billion). Sabic moved up one notch in the ranking due...
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