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December 10, 2015
Maybe the exit of the fully integrated and diversified chemical majors in the United States ends with a big bang and not a whimper. Dow Chemical and DuPont were believed to be in the final stages of negotiations over a $120-billion combination at CW press time on 10 December. A Dow-DuPont merger is expected to be followed by a three-way split, likely broken down to ag, basic chemicals and polymers, and advanced materials....
December 3, 2015
The 2010s are shaping up as a slow-growth era. It’s not a lost decade by any means, but weaker growth is forcing producers to adapt to maintain margins....
November 20, 2015
Air Liquide’s $13.4-billion, or $143/share, acquisition of Airgas is easily among the largest chemicals M&A deals since the recession. The multiple Air Liquide paid, 13.5...
November 5, 2015
One of our co-features this week profiles chemical distribution, including how consolidation continues to transform the sector....
October 29, 2015
Third-quarter earnings appear to be in line with expectations despite lower revenue, prices, and weak-to-flat volumes....
October 22, 2015
It’s not a quite a victory lap, at least not yet, but Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris put company management’s vision for the next two to three years into focus last week. Dow has set the broad outlines of its strategy, including portfolio changes that could lead to an exit from agricultural sciences and full ownership of Dow Corning (p. 7)....
October 9, 2015
Did DuPont chair and CEO Ellen Kullman win the battle against activist Trian Partners but lose the war?...
September 28, 2015
Air Products and Ashland join the chorus of companies who gone down the tax-free spin-off divestment route ( p. 9). This is obviously not a unique or new option. Eastman Chemical is and Solutia and Arch Chemical were the products of tax-free spins to shareholders....
September 10, 2015
Our cover story this week, by Francinia Protti-Alvarez, profiles European petrochemicals as industry readies for the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) annual meeting in early October ( p. 25). More competitive feedstocks costs, a weaker euro, and outage-related supply tightness have provided a welcome boost for Europe’s petrochemical profitability in the first half of 2015....
August 27, 2015
Our cover story by Deepti Ramesh features a timely assessment of prospects in China (p. 23). Concern about a slowdown there coupled with dropping energy prices is roiling global capital, resource, and commodity markets (p. 7)....
August 13, 2015
After a strong performance for the past few years, Canada’s chemical industry is slowing in 2015 as oil, gas and commodities slump (p. 23)....
July 30, 2015
Basics and diversified chemical makers in the United States remain the market’s steadiest performers. Second-quarter financial results show US commodity and diversified chemical producers benefiting from a recovering domestic market and lower feedstocks costs despite challenges from a stronger US dollar (p. 9)....
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