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October 4, 2013
Trends in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and appliance markets present bright prospects for engineering plastics, but feedstock issues and sluggish economic growth complicate the near-term view. “Demand has been somewhat lackluster around the world,” says Paul Blanchard, director/engineering plastics at IHS Chemical. “North America is seeing the benefit of what really comes down to a very good automotive industry performance and good demand for light vehicles.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Engineering-plastics-Near-term-hurdles-and-long-term-growth_55641.html
October 4, 2013
Producers of commodity plastics in Europe are under pressure, since the tough economic environment continues to erode margins. Restructuring has become a feature of the sector, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Plastics-Mixed-fortunes-for-commodities_55623.html
October 4, 2013
The deceleration in the global economy has caused a downturn in demand for many industrial raw materials, including synthetic rubber. Worldwide production of synthetic rubber was 15.1 million m.t. in 2012, marginally down on the previous year, and consumption was flat, at 14.94 million m.t., according to the International Rubber Study Group (Singapore), an intergovernmental organization composed of rubber producers and consumers. Natural rubber production and consumption were also flat last year, at 11.4 million m.t. and 10.92 million m.t., respectively, says the Malaysian Rubber Board (Kuala Lumpur)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Synthetic-rubber-industry-looks-to-growth-beyond-the-downturn_55624.html
October 4, 2013
Polyurethanes (PUs) are regarded as the most versatile of all polymers. Users are attracted by the products’ affordability, safety, and recyclability, and demand is expected to grow above 5%/year for the next five years. Major PU components include the aromatics isocyanates—toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene di- para -phenylene isocyanate (MDI)—and polyols, the main precursor of which is propylene oxide (PO)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Polyurethanes-capacity-buildup-will-help-meet-rising-demand_55637.html
September 23, 2013

The European petrochemical industry went through a deep recession during the last five years, but has emerged leaner and more efficient. Demand growth is returning gradually, but rates are unspectacular compared with growth in other regions of the world. Europe’s challenges remain its high-cost production, the threat posed by new and planned capacities in other regions, and the cooling demand in emerging markets.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/European-petrochemicals_55294.html
September 16, 2013
The slowdown in the Chinese economy and the focus of the country’s new leadership on reform rather than growth has caused revenues to fall for most major Chinese and overseas chemical firms. China’s growth, while slowed, is nevertheless strong compared with other countries....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-New-leadership-five-year-plan-to-benefit-industry-despite-slowdown_54948.html
September 6, 2013
A wave of coal-based chemical investments in China has created a new phase of chemical production in the country, says a recent IHS Chemical report, China Coal Chemical Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Olefin-production-boosts-demand-for-coal-based-methanol-in-China_54949.html
August 23, 2013
Syngenta (Basel), the leading global producer of crop protection chemicals and the third-largest seeds player, has ambitious goals. The company, in 2011, combined the commercial operations of these two businesses to serve farmers with an integrated, crop-by-crop offering....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Syngenta-Technology-to-boost-world-food-supplies_54666.html
August 23, 2013
Although it may sound strange in this era of the North American shale gale, Canada’s ethylene producers are short on feedstock. Shale has dramatically reduced natural gas prices throughout North America, but the impacts have been different for the United States and Canada. Whereas US producers are running crackers full-out and racing to erect new ones, Canadian producers are scrounging every nook and cranny for loose scraps of ethane. A decline in natural gas exports from Alberta has crimped supplies of natural gas liquids (NGLs), but the situation is temporary, say industry watchers....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Canada-Shale-impact-lags-for-now-but-will-arrive_54687.html
August 12, 2013
Chemical majors are collaborating with biotechnology companies to develop chemicals derived from renewable feedstocks....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Industrial-biotechnology-Chemical-building-blocks-from-renewable-resources_54373.html
August 9, 2013
Solazyme (San Francisco), a leading bioproducts company leveraging algae to produce tailored triglycerides, is poised for breakout growth as commerical production ramps up....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Solazyme-on-the-cusp-Algae-firm-20-years-in-the-making-set-to-ramp-up-capacity_54374.html
July 29, 2013
A surge in revenues and profits from shale gas helped lift US chemical profits in 2012—and took executive pay along with them. This year’s CW survey shows that the median increase for the 37 CEOs who held the same title in 2012 and 2011 was 19%, up from the 7.7% jump in 2011. Of the 43 total CEOs reported this year, only 5 changed from 201—showing a consistency in leadership over the past few years....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Executive-compensation-CEOs-post-gains-as-profits-rebound_53911.html
July 15, 2013
Dow Chemical’s advanced materials business aims to combine the scale of Dow with the customer intimacy of Rohm and Haas, its landmark 2009 acquisition...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Dow-Advanced-Materials-Building-a-specialties-franchise_53552.html
July 1, 2013
ACC’s recently completed review of Responsible Care has resulted in the most significant changes to the program in at least 10 years, including the addition of product safety and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Responsible-Care-at-25_53211.html
June 24, 2013
China is in the midst of a surge in coal-to-chemicals investment, says Paul Pang, managing director of IHS Chemical China....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/China-Location-is-the-key-to-Chinas-new-generation-of-coal-chemicals_51465.html
June 21, 2013
Suppliers to the semiconductor sector say the outlook for electronic chemicals is improving following a dip in late 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Electronic-chemicals-Chip-market-set-for-rebound_53001.html
June 3, 2013

The chemical industry continues to face widespread public mistrust despite being an enabler of advances that are key to solving global challenges as well as efforts to improve product and process safety. Increased transparency and stakeholder dialogue about industry’s considerable corporate social responsibility efforts should help reshape public perception.

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http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Corporate-social-responsibility-Pursuing-the-triple-bottom-line_52449.html
May 31, 2013
The chemical industry ranks 15th out of 18 business sectors in terms of public trust in the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual survey of 26,000 respondents across 26 countries...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Who-do-you-trust-Chemical-makers-forming-poor-bond-with-public_52450.html
May 28, 2013
Europe’s chemical distributors struggled to increase revenue last year. Any growth they achieved was most likely in the first half of 2012 as the already weak European economy deteriorated toward year-end. Conditions remained tough in the first quarter of 2013, and companies say the market may not grow this year. Meanwhile, industry consolidation continues as distributors seek to boost their geographic footprint or fill gaps in their portfolios through acquisitions....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/cover_story/Distribution-Momentum-slows-in-a-challenging-market_52091.html
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