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March 2, 2012
With Formosa Plastics’ confirmation last week of plans for a world-scale ethylene plant at Point Comfort, TX there are now at least five new crackers announced in the U.S., plus...
February 21, 2012
Investment in India may be about to take off, carrying chemical demand along with it. Bureaucracy, poor utilities and raw materials provision, and an uncompetitive environment have for...
February 10, 2012
Eastman Chemical’s $4.7-billion purchase of Solutia highlights the role strategic buyers have taken in driving chemical industry merger and acquisition (M&A) activity over...
January 27, 2012
Early earnings reports confirm the weak end to 2011. Volumes fell in the fourth quarter, but revenues and earnings were decent thanks to strong pricing (p. 9, 12). DuPont reported a...
January 20, 2012
CWs cover story this week focuses on the market for water treatment chemicals and services (p.19). Water scarcity, regulatory pressures, and rapid industrial development in areas where...
January 10, 2012
Global chemical demand will continue to grow in 2012 even as solvency concerns in Europe, tightening credit and slower growth in China, and high unemployment in the U.S. weigh on...
December 19, 2011
The theme of the Sixth Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Annual Forum, held earlier this month in Dubai, sums up the direction and challenge ahead for Mideast...
December 9, 2011
The surge in U.S. shale gas production has restored an enviable cost position for U.S. petrochemical makers. The previous decade was marked by gloom for U.S. petrochemical makers as...
November 26, 2011
Producers in the Middle East are nearing the end of a five-year growth spurt. Ethylene capacity is expected to reach 28 million m.t. in 2011, doubling from 14 million m.t. in 2007...
November 18, 2011
We are excited by the latest development at parent company IHS (Englewood, CO), which has added the esteemed consultancy Purvin & Gertz (Houston) to our energy and chemicals...
November 12, 2011
Third-quarter earnings continue strong with higher prices offsetting weaker volumes and higher raw materials cost. Growth has slowed from the strong pace of early 2011, but executives...
October 31, 2011
Volumes have flattened in the third quarter but chemical makers have still managed to post higher earnings as prices and revenue continue to rise. BASF’s chemical operations and...
October 18, 2011
Chemical Week magazine has a small cameo in the film “The Big Year,” which opened in the U.S. last Friday. The movie is a fictionalized account of Mark Obmascik’s 2004 book “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession.” The book tells the story of three men, including a former senior executive with Rohm and Haas, who take on the “Big Year," a competition among birders to find the most species of birds during the calendar year....
October 17, 2011
Our cover story this week assesses recovery in the fine chemicals industry as the sector readies for the CPhI meeting in Frankfurt later this month (p. 21). The outlook for contract...
October 7, 2011
CW’s cover story this week gauges current industry conditions and sentiment as financial turmoil weighs on the global economy. Chemical makers are more cautious than earlier this...
September 26, 2011
Weakening economies in the U.S. and Europe are negatively impacting chemical demand, but producers note that conditions are not nearly as grim as sentiment and the sharp declines in...
September 9, 2011
BASF takes the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of chemical makers by revenue for the fifth year in a row, with revenues of $63.2 billion (p. 21). BASF has opened a $10-billion...
August 26, 2011
The steady growth of China’s chemical industry carried on through global recession putting it firmly atop the global chemical rankings in 2010 (table). China’s chemical shipments...
August 19, 2011
While August has been brutal to chemical stocks, demand has shown no signs of deterioration. Chemical stocks have plunged about 18% since July 5. The S&P 500 is down 15% over the...
August 8, 2011
You wouldn’t know that there are dire concerns about the economic outlook judging from second-quarter earnings results posted by chemical makers over the past few weeks. Growth...
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