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February 4, 2008
Paper chemical suppliers remain optimistic that this will be a good year for some sectors as there are factors in place that should stir demand in the downstream market. This includes...
January 28, 2008
Pricing pressures, caused mainly by steep rises in costs of energy, transportation, and raw materials, continue to plague the soaps and detergents industry, prompting raw material...
January 28, 2008
CW recently conducted an interview with Ernie Rosenberg, SDA president and CEO, who highlighted SDA’s 2007 accomplishments and the association’s plans for the future. SDA...
January 18, 2008
It has been a long time coming, but contract manufacturers are finally beginning to reap financial rewards from their investment in large-molecule therapeutic drugs, also known as...
January 14, 2008
Strong growth in developing markets will continue to lead industry growth this year, though the negative impacts of a weak U.S. economy, tighter credit markets, and soaring energy...
January 14, 2008
North American olefins producers will continue to enjoy solid margins and strong demand this year, analysts say. Limited capacity increases worldwide and delayed cracker startups in...
January 14, 2008
Expectations for the plastics industry in 2008 are mixed, “with a strong first quarter and prices declining over the rest of the year,” says Sebastian Castelli, analyst at...
January 14, 2008
U.S. specialty chemical sectors will achieve only nominal growth this year, with certain sectors linked to housing, light vehicles, furniture, and appliances facing challenges, says...
January 14, 2008
Crude oil prices are expected to ease this year after surpassing $90/bbl in fourth-quarter 2007, but they will not fall below $80/bbl, says David Begleiter, analyst at Deutsche Bank...
January 14, 2008
Analysts predict another strong year for the U.S. chlor-alkali market. The tight caustic soda supply that characterized the second half of 2007 will persist throughout much of the...
January 14, 2008
The global pharmaceutical market is expected to grow at about 5%-6% this year, as compared to 6%-7% in 2007, says IMS Health (Norwalk, CT) in a recent report. The outsourcing market is...
January 14, 2008
Industrial gases firms are upbeat about the next few years, with many predicting double-digit growth. A strong project workload worldwide and growth in global manufacturing are driving...
January 14, 2008
Global demand for agricultural products including genetically modified (GM) seeds, fertilizers, and crop protection chemicals will remain strong this year, says Kevin McCarthy, analyst...
January 14, 2008
M&A volume in the chemical industry will be down in 2008, driven by a decline in large-level private equity deals, investment bankers say. M&A activity will advance at a...
January 14, 2008
Keeping the flow of commerce on track will be one of the major challenges this year amid tougher European and U.S. regulations and higher costs, shippers and carriers say. The U.S...
January 14, 2008
The U.S. chemical industry will focus much of its attention this year on implementing the chemical security laws recently finalized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...
January 14, 2008
The chemical industry must start complying with the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) legislation on June 1, when the...
January 14, 2008
The European Union (EU) continues to be buffeted by the economic shocks hitting other developed countries: financial turmoil, cooling housing markets, and rising energy prices...
January 14, 2008
The Chinese economy continues to outperform the rest of the world with GDP growth at double-digit rates. Economists forecast a slight slowdown in 2008, however. OECD expects Chinese...
January 14, 2008
Japan’s sluggish economy, coupled with higher raw material costs, will make this a tough year for the domestic chemical industry, producers say. The Japanese economy is expected...
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