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May 8, 2009
As industry grapples with unprecedented challenges, DuPont chairman Chad Holliday offered three useful lessons in the form of short stories as he accepted the 2009 International...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Character-Counts_18777.html
May 4, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports show that conditions are no longer getting worse as chemical demand may have hit a trough (p. 6). Producers remain cautious, however, and expect global...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Trough-Talk_18600.html
April 24, 2009
Chemical markets may have found a bottom in the first quarter as producers report that volumes picked up in March compared to January and February. Demand remains below historical...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Hitting-Bottom_18440.html
April 10, 2009
First-quarter earnings reports are likely to be awful as margins and volumes remain depressed so far this year. Results at companies with quarters ending February 28 were weak (p. 10)...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/The-Good-The-Bad-and-The-Ugly_18159.html
April 3, 2009
Morton Salt’s famous slogan may strike a bit close to home for Dow Chemical with its $19-billion Rohm and Haas (R&H) acquisition at last completed....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/When-It-Rains-It-Pours_18049.html
March 20, 2009
Bankruptcies are expected in a downturn. However, the depth and breadth of this recession, coupled with a financial crisis that is causing a massive credit contraction, could force...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/A-Different-Downturn_17722.html
March 6, 2009
A plunge in profits and demand, impaired credit markets, and lack of clarity about when conditions will stabilize are putting a decided chill on M&A deals, as this week’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Caution-Reigns-in-M-and-A_17486.html
March 2, 2009
The $2.3-billion bid by International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC; Abu Dhabi), an Abu Dhabi state-controlled investment fund, to acquire Nova Chemicals highlights just how quickly...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Taking-Aim_17281.html
February 23, 2009
The brutal situation in the industry continues as Asian and European firms weigh in with results that are just as distressed as that of their U.S. counterparts. The downturn, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Rapid-Response_17135.html
February 9, 2009
As expected, the fourth quarter was brutal. Double-digit volume declines hit all regions. More troubling, however, were first-quarter forecasts. January sales are tracking at or below late-2008 levels, several producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Bracing-for-a-Long-Winter_16884.html
January 26, 2009
The double hit on the chemical industry of unavailable or expensive credit and the slowdown in end-user markets makes a stronger case than ever for companies to use the best market...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Building-on-Strengths_16609.html
January 16, 2009
 The severe fourth-quarter drops in chemical demand are likely to be matched by even sharper declines in reported earnings over the next few weeks. Consensus earnings estimates...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Gauging-Earnings_16518.html
January 13, 2009
The economic meltdown claimed industry’s first major casualty last week. LyondellBasell’s Chapter 11 filing for its U.S. operations puts the world’s largest producer...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Leveraging-LyondellBasell_16248.html
January 13, 2009
Dear Reader, The new year brings a new look for CW. Our refresh provides a more modern feel to the weekly print edition and a stronger link to our increasingly active online presence...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/New-Year-New-Look_16249.html
December 22, 2008
Late December should mark the season when activity slows, but the dramatic turn in the economy and industry’s fortunes promises to keep all on guard well into the new year...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Seasonal-Disorder_15988.html
December 15, 2008
Bad news continues as chemical makers aggressively reduce costs in response to sharply lower demand and sudden inventory depletion across all supply chains. Dow Chemical announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Code-Red_15842.html
December 8, 2008
Discussions with producers at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum, held last week in Dubai, make clear that industry demand remains rotten with no bottom to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Still-Searching-for-a-Bottom_15707.html
November 23, 2008
The rate at which industry demand continues to disintegrate in late 2008 is startling. Alarms have been sounding since the financial crisis swelled in September, pushing anxious...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Free-Falling_15497.html
November 18, 2008
Dow Chemical strove last week to keep energy high on the U.S. agenda in the face of the recent free fall in oil and natural gas prices by issuing a blueprint for a comprehensive...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Keeping-the-Fire-Lit-on-Energy_15355.html
November 11, 2008
The victory of Barack Obama and Democratic gains in Congress herald a much changed and more challenging regulatory environment for chemical makers in 2009. Progress on energy policy...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/viewpoint/Washington-Cabinet-Talk_15205.html
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