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September 22, 2016
Germany’s BASF, with chemicals revenue of $59.3 billion, takes back the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of the industry’s largest companies by revenue after ceding the top spot to China’s Sinopec last year. Sinopec and Dow Chemical round out the top three. The top six companies—in order, BASF, Sinopec, Dow, ExxonMobil, SABIC, and Formosa Plastics—remain the same from last year....
September 8, 2016
Our cover story takes a look at European petrochemicals as the region’s petrochemical makers enjoy a period of unexpected strong profitability (p. 23)....
September 1, 2016
Another week, another $10-billion-plus deal in the spotlight. Fertilizer makers PotashCorp and Agrium announced that they were discussing a merger of equals valued at more than $30 billion (p. 7)....
August 18, 2016
Linde and Praxair revealed merger talks last week, raising questions as to whether antitrust regulators will permit the number of industrial gases firms to slip from four to three (p. 7). The industrial gases market has consolidated significantly since the mid-1990s....
August 4, 2016
Economic and chemical demand growth remain uneven, which second-quarter results across industry demonstrate. Most producers noted a slight pick up in the second quarter, but volume growth remains tepid and confidence fragile....
July 21, 2016
Industry M&A activity continues to scale new heights as large deals dominate the landscape. While the parade of multibillion dollar deals cannot go on forever, dealmakers expect the strong activity to continue, as our cover story shows (p. 19)....
July 8, 2016
It’s clear Brexit will dent near-term growth prospects, but the question remains by how much. Chemical growth and global GDP are already slow, and the uncertainty will weigh on investment decisions and consumer confidence with that likely to extend to economic growth and chemical demand ( p. 6)...
June 23, 2016
Our cover story this week assesses the outlook for electronic chemicals (p. 18). Suppliers to the semiconductor sector say the outlook for electronic chemicals is positive despite sluggish consumer electronics demand....
June 16, 2016
Industry leaders gathered for ACC’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, were generally upbeat as demand remains positive despite broad manufacturing weakness. Chemicals demand and margins have outperformed other materials thanks to the resilience of the consumer, allowing chemicals to outpace the broader economy....
June 2, 2016
Our cover story this week profiles new Braskem CEO Fernando Musa, who took the helm at the leading Americas polyolefins maker early last month....
May 19, 2016
Over the past year and half, the Big Six in agricultural chemicals have played musical chairs as pressure to consolidate mounted in response to the weak farm economy....
May 5, 2016
Our cover story this week looks at the transformation and impact of chemical industry R&D (p. 19). Investment is increasingly shorter term, and it is moving closer to customers and growth regions. Chemical makers are collaborating more and with a variety of partners to share cost and risk and quicken development...
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