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May 23, 2014
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is likely to be a difficult business for many years to come. Overcapacity has pushed worldwide plant utilization rates to historic lows, and supply will far...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Stark-regional-differences-shape-PVC-outlook-beyond-2020_61259.html
May 23, 2014
the polystyrene (PS) market has been tough. Prices have doubled in the last 10 years, opening the door to competition from alternatives such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Polystyrene-demand-swings-back-on-renewed-growth-in-Asia_61260.html
May 9, 2014

Europe’s chemical distributors are benefiting from the slow recovery in the region’s economy, which began in the second half of 2013 and has continued into 2014. Distributors are cautiously optimistic in their outlooks and expect their financial performances to improve.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Distribution-A-brightening-outlook_60905.html
May 9, 2014
Müller: Setting ambitious growth targets. Azelis (Antwerp), a specialty chemicals distributor and one of Europe’s top five distributors, with sales of about €1...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Azelis-adjusts-strategy-improves-financial-standing_60906.html
May 9, 2014
North America has come back into focus for industrial gas makers thanks to shale gas. Capital investment has increased as major players compete for Gulf Coast pipeline expansions, on-site air separation units, and other bulk and packaged gas sales....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Industrial-gas-Capex-builds-LNG-expands_60953.html
April 28, 2014

While sharp yen depreciation and aggressive fiscal stimulus have helped stabilize Japan’s economy, producers continue to target specialties and higher-performance materials for which value and competitive position have not set by energy or feedstock costs.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Japan-Heading-for-higher-ground_60589.html
April 28, 2014

While the primary beneficiaries of shale gas have been North American commodity chemical producers, specialties makers, too, hope for cheaper raw materials and a lift for US industrial production because of cheap energy costs. Growth in automotive and construction and rising costs in high-growth economies are also making North America more competitive.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Managing-specialties-Back-in-the-US-of-A_60378.html
April 25, 2014
Despite uncertain economic reports, many Asian economies, China included, still boast GDP growth rates among the highest in the world. Economic growth invariably translates to demand growth for petrochemicals and polymers, making Asia the engine of global demand for olefins....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Asia-remains-primary-driver-of-global-olefins-demand_60582.html
April 14, 2014
Global economic and chemical output growth should continue to accelerate in 2014. “With improving economic prospects, headline growth for chemicals globally will improve to 3.8% in 2014,” says Kevin Swift, ACC chief economist and managing director. That number is up from expected global growth of 2.4% in 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Outlook-2014-Looking-forward_57898.html
April 4, 2014
Deal activity in the chemical sector has settled into a groove, driven by cheap financing, large asset divestitures, and healthy valuations....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/M-and-A-The-old-new-normal_60069.html
April 4, 2014
Boutique private equity chemical investors SK Capital Partners (New York) and Arsenal Capital (New York) have been on a tear recently, buying up assets sold by public companies and building chemicals portfolios to rival much bigger names both in private equity and at large corporations....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Boutique-investors-ramp-up-interest-in-chemicals_60070.html
April 3, 2014
Midstream firms are spending billions of dollars on gas-processing plants, fractionators, pipelines, storage facilities, shipping terminals, and other infrastructure that enable the shale gas revolution to spark a petrochemical renaissance....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Petrochemicals-Huge-midstream-investments-underpin-rebirth-of-US-industry_59746.html
March 21, 2014
Europe’s cost-competitiveness handicap in petrochemicals continues to grow in comparison with other regions. The continent’s petrochemicals sector operates in an environment where key production costslabor, energy, and feedstock—are high, and demand for commodity chemicals is sluggish....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Ethane-imports-to-Europe-An-option-with-challenges_59712.html
March 14, 2014

Refinery catalyst makers continue to benefit from growing demand for fuels in high-growth economies in Asia, Latin America, and the Mideast, as well as the global adoption of more stringent regulatory standards. In developed markets, products that help refiners process difficult feedstocks and boost outputs of higher-value products are creating opportunities.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Refinery-catalysts-Value-creation-with-every-barrel_59574.html
February 28, 2014
Paints and coatings makers, and their suppliers, are optimistic about their prospects for 2014, with economic growth accelerating in the United States and turning positive in Europe, producers and analysts say. Raw material costs—the bane of paint makers’ existences in 2012—were mostly stable in 2013 and are expected to remain that way....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Paints-and-coatings-Growth-regains-momentum_59155.html
February 21, 2014
The European Commission has proposed a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for 2030 from 1990 levels and a target of 27% of renewable energy in the total energy mix. Both figures...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Climate-change-Europe-sets-ambitious-2030-targets-but-concerns-remain_58931.html
February 10, 2014
India's petrochemical industry, which was hurt in 2013 by an economic slowdown and the depreciation of the Indian currency, is expected to recover in the near term, and the industry's long-term prospects are looking very positive, say experts and manufacturers in the country....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/India-Assembling-a-world-scale-petrochemical-industry_58623.html
January 24, 2014
Water treatment chemicals, services, and equipment are increasingly in demand at industrial operations. Companies are also looking to expand in China and help customers comply with environmental rules, producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Water-treatment-Industrial-applications-drive-demand_58253.html
January 21, 2014
Priorities for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI; Washington) in 2014 focus on advancing chemical management reform and continuing efforts to strengthen technical, outreach, and education programs, says Ernie Rosenberg, president and CEO of ACI. The organization will hold its annual meeting and industry convention in Orlando, FL, 27 January–1 February....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/ACI-Chemical-management-reform-outreach-top-agenda_58082.html
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