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June 2, 2008
The European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC; Brussels) has taken a more proactive approach in recent years to expanding its membership and pursuing its advocacy strategy...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Industry-Association-Takes-a-Proactive-Approach_12248.html
May 30, 2008
Stress in the overheated engineering and construction (E&C) sector is unlikely to ease any time soon, investors and contractors say. Many observers who had predicted an easing after the end of 2008 when contractor workloads are projected to peak, now say that this is unlikely....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Engineering-and-Construction-Retaining-Momentum_12112.html
May 27, 2008
E&C firm URS (San Francisco) says its purchase of Washington Group International (WGI; Boise, ID) last November strengthens its capabilities in power infrastructure, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/URS-Boosts-its-E-and-C-Power-with-WGI-Acquisition_12113.html
May 27, 2008
Air Liquide says the acquisition of Lurgi last year doubled the size of its engineering business, to about 3,000 employees, half of whom are based in emerging countries. Air Liquide...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Air-Liquide-Widens-Technology-Portfolio-with-Lurgi-Purchase_12114.html
May 27, 2008
Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I; the Woodlands, TX), an energy and petchem E&C firm, says its $950-million purchase of Lummus Global from ABB last November provided CB&I...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Lummus-Purchase-Builds-Up-CB-and-Is-Hydrocarbon-Practice_12115.html
May 27, 2008
KBR’s recent agreement to acquire privately held BE&K (Birmingham, AL) for $550 million will bring KBR into several new geographic markets, including Eastern Europe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/KBR-to-Extend-its-Geographical-Reach-with-BE-and-K-Deal_12116.html
May 22, 2008
The rebound in Japan’s domestic economy and strong global chemical industry fundamentals continue to lift fortunes for Japanese chemical makers. Ongoing cost reductions and product rationalizations as well as targeted investments that play to Japan’s strength in sectors such as automotive and electronics have increased profits after an economic slump from the early-1990s through earlier this decade....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Japan-Sustaining-Recovery-in-Chemicals_11988.html
May 7, 2008
The higher cost of agricultural commodities is prompting a slew of chemical companies to develop the next-generation of biomaterials, also known as white or industrial biotech, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Industrial-Biotechnology-Aiming-to-Compete-on-Price-and-Performance_11766.html
May 6, 2008
Rhodia (Paris) is in the final stages of a recovery program—a strict regime of portfolio rationalization, profitability enhancement, and refinancing—that rescued the company from financial meltdown....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Rhodia-Re-Energized-and-Ready-for-the-Next-Phase_11765.html
May 5, 2008
Basell’s acquisition of Lyondell Chemical last December creates a global petrochemical giant, filling out product and regional gaps of the two companies. The combined company...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/LyondellBasell-Industries-Building-a-Global-Petchem-Giant_11618.html
April 28, 2008
Climbing energy costs are not holding back catalysts producers. Profits are increasing at these firms as refining, petchem, and polymer producers increase the use of catalysts to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Catalysts_11619.html
April 22, 2008
Talent shortages loom in both Europe and North America but most firms are not paying enough attention to the issue, experts say. Such firms will likely begin to feel the effect of that...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Talent-Management-Skilled-Worker-Demand-Outweighs-Supply_11246.html
April 18, 2008
The U.S. chemical industry has seen a new trend emerge on the regulatory front in recent years—the environmental initiatives of “big box” retailers and other downstream customers have become de facto regulatory requirements. This is a shift from the aggressive federal rules of the 1980s and 1990s that were the industry’s primary concern. Instead, retailers as well as individual states appear to be shaping environmental policy....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/The-New-Regulators-Retailers-and-States-Take-the-Lead_11464.html
April 18, 2008
Scientists have been studying the safety of phthalates for years, with some saying there are no measurable human health effects and others contending that phthalates harm reproductive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/States-Retailers-Push-to-Eliminate-Phthalates-from-Toys_11465.html
April 18, 2008
Health care provider Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA) says it will extend the Hippocratic oath beyond “first do no harm” by modifying its purchasing policies to include...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/First-Do-No-Harm-Health-Care-Groups-Align-in-Push-for-PVC-Alternatives_11466.html
April 7, 2008
The Indian chemical industry is benefiting from strong growth in the nation’s economy over the last five years, and this is likely to continue for at least the next decade...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/India_11245.html
April 3, 2008
Massive capacity additions, mainly in the Mideast as well as Asia/Pacific, are expected to drive industry operating rates lower and depress petrochemical margins by next year, analysts...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Global-Petrochemicals_11134.html
April 1, 2008
Intensified Latin American M&A activity last year created a more streamlined regional petchem sector with remaining players better able to invest in upgrades and new facilities...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Latin-America-Streamlines-Firms-Forge-Stronger-Links-to-Refining_11135.html
March 25, 2008
Consolidation in the water treatment industry remains “dynamic” as several suppliers aim to streamline raw material costs, enhance product portfolios, enter new sectors...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Water-Treatment_10649.html
March 25, 2008
The chemicals industry historically has been permitted to release thousands of m.t./year of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other green house gases (GHG) into the environment from...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Green-Chemistry-New-Routes-to-Tackle-Emissions_10527.html
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