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April 17, 2015
Japan’s chemical industry had a solid 2014 despite the anemic conditions in the broader Japanese economy. A weaker yen and cheaper crude, which has improved the relative competitiveness of Japan’s high-cost naphtha-based production, are the reasons for the improved performance (p. 21)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Asia-olefins-revamp_69526.html
April 6, 2015
Former LyondellBasell CEO James Gallogly told attendees at AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference that he maintains a print of Texas artist G. Harvey’s “When Cowboys Don’t Change” as a reminder of how quickly circumstances and fortunes can reverse. The painting shows a group of cowboys riding alongside oil derricks and early automobiles at the dawn of the dawn of the car—and oil—ages....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Change-endures_69164.html
March 20, 2015
Global petrochemical makers are still sorting through a correction in energy markets. As CW’s cover story shows, North America’s natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) remain strongly advantaged, but with oil prices at half their previous level, the returns expected for some projects may not be as compelling or reliable as they once were (p. 19)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Petrochemical-outlook_68741.html
March 13, 2015
Former ExxonMobil Chemical president Stephen Pryor noted that chemicals and energy continue to converge, with chemicals set to play an ever larger role, as he accepted the Chemical Industry Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry’s American section last week in New York....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Energy-chemical-intersect_68541.html
February 27, 2015
Producers are positive about the outlook for the global paints and coatings market, as our cover story this week shows (p. 21)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Paints-brighten_68137.html
February 20, 2015
For better or worse, activists are likely to be a recurring theme in industry. Even with recent high-profile spats involving blue chips names, such as Air Products, Dow Chemical, and DuPont, activist activity is likely to expand to more companies. Activists are raising funds at an aggressive pace, and high-profile campaigns against chemical makers may draw others to the sector....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Activists-advance_67962.html
February 6, 2015
US chemical makers continue to report positive results for the fourth quarter with solid US demand and advantaged feedstocks offsetting muted volume growth and weaker pricing (p. 7)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Shake-it-off_67580.html
January 23, 2015
The 2015 outlook should become clearer over the next two weeks as the majority of US chemical makers report fourth-quarter earnings and outline expectations for the year ahead....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Quarterly-call_67155.html
January 16, 2015
The decline in crude has been swift, but producers say demand should shrug off the impact of lower crude....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Demand-steady-despite-oil_66913.html
January 9, 2015
Chemical demand is expected to strengthen in 2015, with growth anticipated to exceed 3.0% in both the United States and the overall global market....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Outlook-improves_66697.html
December 19, 2014
A sharp drop in crude prices continues to bring some year-end anxiety in what has been a very strong year for US chemical makers....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Crude-endings_66340.html
December 12, 2014
Next year should finally mark when US chemical output shakes off a slow and volatile global economic environment and settles on a growth trajectory higher than US and global GDPs through the end of the decade (p. 7)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Wait-til-next-year_66132.html
December 5, 2014
Planning for the year ahead will be more difficult unless crude oil prices soon find a floor....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Crude-awakening_65906.html
November 21, 2014
Our exclusive ranking of engineering and construction (E&C) companies by CW’s Natasha Alperowicz, now in its fourth year, tracks the sector’s 2013 fortunes (p. 21)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Fluor-tops-E-and-C-ranking_65604.html
November 14, 2014
Our cover story this week, by Natasha Alperowicz, profiles the Mideast as producers in the region rethink strategies and diversify amid a regional shortage of gas ( p. 19). After a massive 35-year buildup, Mideast producers are preparing for the next phase of development....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Mideast-at-a-crossroads_65418.html
October 31, 2014
Producers continue to post solid earnings reports with no indications that crude-fueled destocking will create year-end surprises (p. 6)....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Results-still-solid_65005.html
October 24, 2014
While a sharp drop in crude oil prices has increased near-term volatility, severe inventory destocking does not seem at hand....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/No-crude-awakening_64767.html
October 10, 2014
CW’s Billion-Dollar Club, compiled by Lindsay Frost, underscores how industry’s landscape continues to change....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Billion-Dollar-Club_64432.html
October 6, 2014
Weekly Drug Markets, forerunner to IHS Chemical Week, was born in September 1914 at the onset of World War I out of the need for prompt, reliable market intelligence as traditional drug and chemical supply lines and global commerce were disrupted...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/CW-turns-100_63773.html
September 26, 2014
Our cover features this week profile the European petrochemical sector as producers prepare for the European Petrochemical Association meeting at Vienna on 4–8 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Staying-alive_64055.html
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