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November 21, 2014
The continuing investment boom in North America, based on cheap shale gas, has created a number of challenges for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry. Chief among them is a shortage of craft workers, which will peak in 2016–17, when the bulk of heavy construction will take place in the United States. The chemical industry, including many foreign companies, is investing $100 billion through 2020 in shale gas–related projects....
November 14, 2014

Mideast producers, after more than three decades of expanding—which established the region as the world’s low-cost supplier—have to rethink expansion strategies and diversify because of a regional shortage of gas, North America’s return to petrochemicals prominence on the rise of inexpensive shale gas, and the explosive growth of China’s coal-to-chemicals industry.


November 6, 2014
The distribution market continues to outpace overall chemical industry demand as outsourcing continues to expand....
October 31, 2014

Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi, who took the helm 1 July, outlined a major restructuring in September that puts the company’s focus back on its industrial gas core and targets becoming the most profitable industrial gases company.


October 24, 2014

Latin America offers distinct opportunities to the petrochemical industry. Energy reforms and legal and financial changes being introduced or planned in the leading economies—although at differing stages of development—form a key part of a framework that would guarantee access to competitively priced raw materials.


October 24, 2014
Biobased chemistry provides a good development opportunity for Brazil’s chemical industry given the strength of the country’s biofuels industry and size of its agribusiness sector. However, the country’s conventional petrochemicals industry faces a number of cost challenges....
October 24, 2014
Mexico’s petrochemical sector is mainly seeking the improved availability of raw materials from the Mexican government’s energy reform. Feedstock availability is currently insufficient to support big, new petrochemical investments in the country....
October 24, 2014
Jorge de Zavaleta, president of the Petrochemical Institute of Argentina (IPA; Buenos Aires); and Alfredo Friedlander, executive director of IPA, speak to CW about the state of...
April 8, 2015
For the eighth year, BASF retains the top ranking in CW’s Billion-Dollar Club, our annual ranking of chemical makers by revenue on a dollar basis. China’s Sinopec and Saudi Arabia’s Sabic have pushed the normal US leaders lower, rising respectively to the second and third spots....
September 26, 2014
Europe remains one of the highest-cost production regions for petrochemicals. However, a robust supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from North America means that nonintegrated ethylene producers with flexible steam crackers have been able to improve their margins....
September 26, 2014
Within its climate and energy policy framework for 2030, the European Commission has published a proposal for changing the structure of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2021...
September 26, 2014
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) acquired Europe’s sixth-largest manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Vestolit (Marl, Germany), from private equity firm Strategic Value...
September 26, 2014
The most exciting aspect of the shale gas boom in North America for chemical makers is the surge in availability of cheap ethane....
October 8, 2014
CW wanted to use our centennial as an opportunity to highlight examples of women playing a role in shaping the chemical industry, one of the world’s most fundamental enablers of modern life and society...
September 26, 2014

The extent and scale of World War I brought far-reaching impacts on the countries involved and transformed industry....

September 22, 2014
The risks and uncertainties characterizing the current economic environment—such as high sovereign debt, regional conflicts fueled by fundamentalism, disputes about land and resources, and the battle for raw materials—are likely to persist. These limit the predictability of long-term economic developments....
September 22, 2014
The age of sustainability is upon us. We have been talking about—or around—the subject for many years now, but I believe that the pressure that has been growing within society is about to explode. We feel the pulse of the sustainability movement everywhere we look, particularly with customers, consumers, suppliers, and legislators....
September 22, 2014
Development and commerical activity during the 1940s was driven by efforts to support both sides during World War II....
September 18, 2014
Today, disruptive transformation is at work both within our industry and because of it. We are, at long last, seeing our industry for what it is—a means of solving challenges while creating tremendous value for our customers, shareholders, and society alike....
September 17, 2014
Historically, the chemical industry has evolved by developing products and technologies to address the changing needs of its value chain. Recently, our industry has begun to face far greater challenges....
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