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July 22, 2011
The M&A rebound continues with two significant acquisitions in specialty chemicals in the past two weeks. The acquisitions—Lonza-Arch and Ecolab-Nalco—move companies...
July 8, 2011
Pricing and sentiment hit a soft patch in June as industry tries to gauge whether it is weathering an inventory-driven pause or something more severe. ACC and Cefic recently issued...
June 24, 2011
The recent U.S. slowdown has clouded industry’s outlook for full-year 2011. The U.S. clearly hit a soft patch in the second quarter, Fried-Walter Münstermann, executive v.p...
June 13, 2011
Shell Chemical’s announcement of an Appalachia cracker brings planned U.S. ethylene expansion to more than 5 million m.t. by 2018 (p. 5). It is a remarkable turn. Three years ago...
May 31, 2011
Recovery in Europe has been slower than the rest of the world but improved conditions are lifting performance for distributors in Europe as industry prepares for the 47th FECC Congress...
May 16, 2011
Chemical makers continue to beat forecasts in the first quarter as strong volume and margin growth lift earnings. Most producers are notching strong double-digit year-over-year...
May 6, 2011
Last week saw the acquisition of CMAI (Houston) by our parent company, IHS (Englewood, CO), the leading global source of information and analysis. The deal creates a new, leading force...
May 2, 2011
Dow Chemical’s planned world-scale ethylene unit brings announced U.S. expansions to more than 4.5 million m.t./year by 2017 (p. 6). A desire to take advantage of cheaper U.S...
April 15, 2011
Solvay has lined up its desired chemical reinvestment, using proceeds from the February 2010 sale of its pharma business, with a €3.4 billion ($4.9 billion) cash offer for Rhodia (...
April 1, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) is first to throw its U.S. cracker feasibility study in the ring ( p. 9). The surge in U.S. gas production has increased supply and reduced the cost...
March 25, 2011
The toll on human life from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been huge, and the impact on Japan’s economy and chemical sector will be severe over the next few...
March 27, 2011
Industry gathers for NPRA’s International Petrochemical Meeting later this month on solid footing after a year of strong recovery. U.S. petrochemical makers are especially...
March 11, 2011
Brian Ferguson, recently retired chairman of Eastman Chemical, offered a passionate acclamation of industry’s vital contributions to society at a March 8 dinner in New York where...
February 25, 2011
Improved industry earnings, loosening credit markets, and cash-heavy balance sheets have fueled a strong recovery in chemical M&A activity. Europe is in the spotlight in early 2011...
February 11, 2011
Chemical makers are feeling optimistic about 2011 prospects as stout fourth-quarter earnings cap a stellar 2010 (p. 6, 11). Companies expect earnings and volume growth to advance again...
January 28, 2011
Trends in fine chemicals are improving as the sector readies for InformexUSA in Charlotte, NC, starting February 7. Contract manufacturing continues to grow as more pharmaceutical and...
January 21, 2011
DuPont’s planned purchase of Danisco essentially comes down to a $6.3 billion bid to revitalize one of industry’s—and all of manufacturing’s—most storied growth and innovation engines....
January 7, 2011
Global chemical shipments are expected to grow 5% as industry starts the expansion phase of recovery in 2011 (p. 18). “Globally, recovery in chemicals has shifted to expansion,”...
December 16, 2010
The end of 2010 has brought a flurry of activity, as industry merger and acquisition (M&A) recovers from its worst slump in recent memory. Yule Catto (Harlow, U.K.) last week...
December 10, 2010
The strong 2010 recovery lifted the mood and fortunes of attendees at the Fifth Annual GPCA Forum, held last week Dubai ( p. 15). “The Gulf industry will add 46% to current capacity...
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