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June 12, 2015

ExxonMobil’s strategy focuses on adding supply in regions with advantaged feedstock, which includes North America, and expanding commercial and technical resources where petrochemicals will be sold, mainly emerging markets, particularly China.

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May 28, 2015
Arkema (Paris), France’s largest chemicals company by sales, is significantly reshaping its portfolio to focus on more profitable businesses. The recent acquisition of Bostik, the world’s third-largest adhesives company; major investments to expand operations in Asia; and restructuring in the mature markets of Europe are the key points in the company’s transformation...
May 28, 2015
Increased transparency and stakeholder engagement underpin industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. The view of good corporate citizenship, however, is expanding beyond the factory fence line, and companies are developing comprehensive, global strategies to maximize impact....
May 21, 2015

Innovation and customer intimacy are key priorities for specialty chemical companies as they try to maintain margins. Pressure is coming from the ever-smaller window for new, high-margin products and the mixed impact of low energy costs. Working closely with customers is seen as an important way to preserve value.

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May 8, 2015
LyondellBasell’s fortunes have reversed dramatically in the past five years. LyondellBasell, hobbled by more than $24 billion in debt after the December 2007 combination of...
May 7, 2015
Valuations for chemical companies have remained high, driven by cheap debt and high public stock market valuations....
April 23, 2015
Chemical distributors rode out a turbulent period in Europe during 2014, relying once again on their robust business model and ability to control costs. A spike in M&A activity, in Europe and elsewhere, reflected greater liquidity and availability of debt financing. Distributors expect an upturn at the end of last year to continue throughout 2015....
April 16, 2015
Asia’s olefins industry is restructuring. Old, inefficient naphtha crackers are being displaced by a wave of new, world-scale olefin plants, some based on naphtha but many based...
April 16, 2015
Japan’s chemical industry had a solid 2014 despite anemic conditions in the country’s overall economy. Large chemical makers gained despite Japan’s GDP declining...
April 6, 2015

Global adhesives and sealants manufacturers expect another year of steady growth, with modestly lower raw material prices boosting margins. Demand is expected to rise from industrial assembly applications, particularly automotive, as well as emerging markets with expanding consumer purchasing power.

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March 19, 2015
North America’s natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) remain cost advantaged, but with oil prices at half their previous level, the returns expected for some projects may not be as compelling or reliable as once thought. Add to these considerations the ongoing resource crunch created by so much construction, and incentive is growing to postpone final investment decisions or even cancel projects....
March 12, 2015

The fall in crude oil prices and its impact on shale oil and gas production, as well as increased consumer spending in the United States, a weak euro, and slower GDP growth in China, are factors that will continue to influence supply-demand fundamentals for plastics worldwide in 2015. The only certainty is that short-term visibility will be limited.

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