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June 28, 2013
This week’s cover story assesses Responsible Care—industry’s signature environment, health, and safety program—as it turns 25. ACC is marking the anniversary...
June 21, 2013
Our cover story this week assesses the market for electronic chemicals as the semiconductor sector shakes off an inventory correction that depressed demand in second-half 2012 (p. 21)....
June 7, 2013
Our cover story this week asseses the improving fortunes for engineering and construction (E&C) firms as cheap shale gas ushers in a new wave of projects, particularly in North America, potentially stimulating more than $100 billion of related investment (p. 19)....
May 31, 2013
A years-long standoff on reform of US chemicals management laws has ended with the introduction of a bipartisan bill—the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) of 2013—by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D., NJ) and David Vitter (R., LA) to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (p. 8)....
May 21, 2013
Our cover story this week shows how the traditional resilience of the distribution sector is being tested by the recession in Europe (p. 23)...
May 3, 2013
Our cover story this week assesses specialty chemical strategies (p. 21). Defining specialty chemicals remains tricky with analysts, and even some producers, saying that the term “specialty chemical” is overused....
April 26, 2013
The country’s spirits have been lifted since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who returned to office in December, launched aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus to reverse nearly 20 years of deflation and flat economic growth....
April 16, 2013
Overall US chemical demand growth has been nothing if not consistent, and lackluster, for two years now....
April 1, 2013
The high spirits of North American petrochemical makers were evident at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and IHS petrochemical conferences over the past two weeks....
April 8, 2013
Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris offered a provocative thought upon receiving the Society of Chemical Industry American section’s Chemical Industry Medal last week in New York. “I must say, I hope I am one of the last to receive it,” Liveris said. “At least, under its current name.”...
March 11, 2013
Ferro’s stumble through the past few years appears likely to drive it into the hands of A. Schulman, a Cleveland-area rival. Schulman announced a hostile $6.50/share bid last week, valuing Ferro at $885 million (p. 6)....
March 1, 2013
Our cover story this week features prospects for refinery catalyst makers. Stronger demand for transportation fuels in emerging economies continues to boost supplier sentiment (p. 19). The global market for refining catalysts was $3.1 billion in 2011—roughly a quarter of the $12.5-billion process catalyst industry, according to IHS Chemical....
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...
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