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October 24, 2014
While a sharp drop in crude oil prices has increased near-term volatility, severe inventory destocking does not seem at hand....
October 10, 2014
CW’s Billion-Dollar Club, compiled by Lindsay Frost, underscores how industry’s landscape continues to change....
September 26, 2014
Our cover features this week profile the European petrochemical sector as producers prepare for the European Petrochemical Association meeting at Vienna on 4–8 October....
October 6, 2014
Weekly Drug Markets, forerunner to IHS Chemical Week, was born in September 1914 at the onset of World War I out of the need for prompt, reliable market intelligence as traditional drug and chemical supply lines and global commerce were disrupted...
August 29, 2014
China continues to drive demand growth in the worldwide chemical industry despite moderating GDP (p. 21). China’s chemical demand is still growing at a double-digit rate, pushing chemical companies inside and outside China to strive to capture that growth with more investments in the country....
August 15, 2014
Our cover story this week assesses conditions in Canada, finding that producers up north have outperformed cautious expectations so far in 2014....
August 1, 2014
Early indications from the new Air Products CEO, Seifi Ghasemi, are that he will attempt to turn the company around by improving basic blocking and tackling rather radically changing...
July 18, 2014
Albemarle’s $6.2-billion offer for Rockwood underscores the cost of building or maintaining a high-margin growth franchise in specialty chemicals (p. 7). Albemarle says the price represents an 11.3-times multiple of Rockwood’s pro forma 2014 enterprise value to Ebitda, adjusted to include expected cost savings of $100 million. J.P.Morgan estimates that, exclusive of synergies, Albemarle is paying a rich 15.5-times multiple of 2015 enterprise value-to-Ebitda for Rockwood....
July 7, 2014
Our cover story this week looks at ACC’s Responsible Care program, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year ( p. 19). Recent updates have focused on product safety and process safety as industry extends its outreach across the supply chain to counteract questions and challenges that today come more frequently from retailers, brand owners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) than from regulators....
June 27, 2014
Air Products welcomes chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi this week in a management change spurred by activist hedge fund Pershing Square, its largest shareholder (p. 7)....
June 18, 2014
H.C. Starck Group says that Ludger Heuberg, group CFO and executive board member, will leave the company at the beginning of July to "pursue new business opportunities." The...
June 13, 2014
Our cover story this week assesses engineering and construction (E&C) as the sector surges amid orders in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and fertilizers, particularly in North America (p. 23)....
May 30, 2014
Our cover story this week reflects on the origins of modern industrial R&D, which can be traced back to the German chemical industry in the 19th century (p. 21)....
May 23, 2014
Our cover story this week focuses on plastics, including a look at how renewed US cost competitiveness and China’s use of coal-to-olefin technology will reshape the polyolefins market over the next few years (p. 25)....
May 9, 2014
Activist hedge fund Third Point, run by Dan Loeb, has called on Dow Chemical to provide greater detail on its petrochemical operations, arguing in a first-quarter letter issued to Third Point shareholders in early May that the segment is “underearning” by at least $2.5 billion/year (p. 13)....
April 25, 2014
Our cover story this week focuses on Japan (p. 19). The sharp yen depreciation and aggressive fiscal stimulus have helped stabilize Japan’s economy, but producers still need to target specialties and higher-performance materials for which value and competitive position have not set by energy or feedstock costs....
April 17, 2014
The first batch of US first-quarter earnings reports has been solid, since industrial production continues to accelerate despite weaker growth in emerging markets and weather-related impacts in the United States (p. 9). Some of the more encouraging signs are now coming from Europe....
April 4, 2014
While it seems reckless to regard multi-billion projects to add commodity chemical capacity in mature US markets as low-risk, can’t-lose investments, it is difficult to identify potential developments that can disrupt the US cost-advantage thanks to shale gas. As ExxonMobil Chemical president Stephen Pryor said in a keynote address (p. 11) at IHS Chemical’s recent World Petrochemical Conference (WPC), “[W]hat we are seeing is a recapitalization of the US chemical industry.”...
March 21, 2014
Our cover feature this week, across four parts, focuses on petrochemicals as the sector prepares its big US gatherings: AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference at San Antonio, TX, on 30 MarchApril 1 and the IHS Chemical’s World Petrochemical Conference at Houston on 25-27 March....
March 14, 2014
Sunil Kumar, former CEO of International Specialty Products, offered a convincing case for the durability of the US resurgence in manufacturing in his moving speech while accepting the SCI American Section’s 2014 Chemical Industry Medal at New York last week....
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