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February 15, 2013
Our cover story focuses on the $60-billion market for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as the sector readies for Informex in Anaheim, CA, this week. The sector is expected to...
January 25, 2013
A weak end to 2012 has companies dampening earnings expectations for 2013. Sharp cuts in estimates in late 2012 helped companies meet lowered fourth-quarter earnings expectations...
January 18, 2013
Fourth-quarter earnings reports over the next few weeks should provide more clarity about 2013. PPG Industries was the first major chemical maker to report results for the December...
January 11, 2013
Global chemical markets are forecast to improve as 2013 progresses (p. 19). Recessions in Europe and Japan, as well as slower growth in China, continue to weigh on demand. Chemical...
December 20, 2012
The engineering and construction (E&C) sector is in robust health, with sales to the hydrocarbon processing, chemicals, and related industries of 32 major E&C companies growing...
December 14, 2012
Year-end investor meetings and industry forecasts show industry preparing for another year of slow growth in 2013. Despite data that show a pickup in the United States and China...
November 30, 2012
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem), subject of this week’s cover story (p. 15), was formed 12 years ago at the tail end of a wave of US petrochemical consolidation. Exxon and...
November 16, 2012
A shortage of feedstocks in the Mideast states is transforming the region’s petrochemicals industry, starting a shift toward value-added industries, as this week’s cover...
November 9, 2012
Last week’s election leaves the US regulatory environment facing the same challenges it has for the past four years. Divided government will continue to make significant...
October 26, 2012
Chemical sales and earnings are struggling under the weight of weak economic growth (p. 7,8,13). Producers are also cutting fourth-quarter estimates and curbing expectations for 2013...
October 12, 2012
Our cover story this week assesses polypropylene’s prospects (PP) as growth rates slow, but still handily exceed GDP. The polymer’s versatility continues to expand...
October 5, 2012
Concerns about deterioration in the economy seem to have put a chill on chemical industry investment in 2012. Some investments are proceeding, but mainly in areas where the outlook and...
September 21, 2012
Growth in the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) sector is attractive, but overcapacity and pricing pressure remain challenges for producers as this week’s cover story shows...
September 18, 2012
Emerging Asia and Mideast players continue to break through and reshape industry, as CW’s latest Billion-Dollar Club Ranking demonstrates (p. 21). New industry giants in...
August 31, 2012
China has been one of the main drivers of growth for the global economy and the chemical sector during the past decade, but a slowdown in 2012 has cooled global chemical demand (p...
August 20, 2012
Chemical makers cannot control the global economy, but a focus on successful product development and cost control is helping maintain healthy margins despite weak demand. Price...
August 3, 2012
Second-quarter results confirm the obvious. Global economies have slowed and are starting to weigh down chemical earnings and industry’s outlook (p. 6,7, 11). Recession in Europe...
July 20, 2012
Specialty chemical makers reporting earnings last week maintained strong profit levels through the second quarter despite global economic uncertainty (p. 8). Albemarle, PPG Industries...
July 11, 2012
ACC is expected to approve one of the most ambitious overhauls of its signature performance program, Responsible Care, later this year (p. 21). Changes under consideration include an...
June 22, 2012
Development in Mexico has largely stalled for the past decade, but there are hopes that its fortunes can be revived (p. 17). Mexico’s GDP has averaged 2.8%/year in the last 15...
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