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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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