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Profit Recovery Continues

November 8, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Chemical makers continued to post big profit gains in the third quarter. Companies cite margin expansion and volume growth as top drivers of earnings improvement. Higher selling prices are also helping to offset increases in raw material costs. Companies are...

Deals Coming Back - June 28,2010 CW Insider

June 28, 2010 | Rob Westervelt

Recovery has the chemical sector quickly shedding inhibitions about M&A. BASF has sealed a deal to acquire Cognis for €3.1 billion ($3.8 billion). And Akzo Nobel reached an agreement to sell its National Starch (Bridgewater, NJ) unit to Corn Products...

CW Insider, June 7: Managing Specialty Chemicals

June 4, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

CW's cover story this week looks at specialty chemical makers. The sector has been traditionally defined as higher-margin, lower-volume products sold on the value they provide in use. Some sectors within the market have taken on characteristics of basic...

CW Insider, May 28: Monsanto’s Cash Cow Heads to Pasture

May 28, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Monsanto’s decision to revamp commercial strategy for Roundup puts one of industry’s finest cash cows out to pasture. “The reality that Chinese glyphosate capacity is profoundly overbuilt” is forcing the company to price Roundup nearer...

CW Insider, May 24: Distribution

May 24, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Chemical distributors have weathered the financial storm and emerged intact, as this week’s cover story shows. Early 2010 performance has improved, and distributors continued to generate stable profits and cash flow through the worst economic crisis for...

CW Insider, May 17: Deal Recovery

May 14, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Recovery is also brightening deal prospects in the chemical sector. About $4.5 billion in deals were completed in first-quarter 2010, up from just $300 million at the trough of the financial crisis in first-quarter 2009, according to data from Young and...

CW's China Polymer Prices for the Week Ended April 9, 2010

April 9, 2010 | Lindsey Bewley

  Product YUAN/MT PP Injection Ex-factory 10875 - 10925 PP Raffia Ex-factory 10875 - 10925 LDPE Film Ex-factory 11895 - 11905 LLDPE Film Ex-factory 11295 - 11305 HDPE Film Ex-factory 9995 - 10005 PS-GP (general purpose) Ex-factory 11600 PVC Suspension...

CW Insider, March 1: Dow Chemical, Ready to Grow

February 26, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Our cover story week features an interview with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris on company’s transformation. Dow was essentially ready to carry out that conversion to a specialty chemicals and advanced materials leader when the late 2008 global economic...

CW Insider, Feb. 22: Fertilizer Makers Step Up M&A Activity

February 22, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Fertilizers are one segment where merger and acquisition activity continue. Nearly $10-billion in agreed deals have been announced so far this year. Yara International (Oslo), the leading global fertilizer producer, has agreed to buy competitor Terra...

CW Insider, February 12: Something in the Air

February 12, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

After a brisk exit from the North American packaged gases sector in 2002, Air Products is seeking a grand reentrance via a hostile takeover of Airgas. Air Products, which formally launched a hostile tender offer late last week, says that a strategic review...

CW Insider: Air Products Turns Up the Heat on Airgas

February 8, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Air Products must see big things in small packages again. The company unveiled an unsolicited offer to acquire U.S. packaged gas leader Airgas last Friday for about $7 billion including debt. The proposed deal--a bid to re-enter the U.S. packaged gas market...

CW Insider: Bounce Back

January 29, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

Chemical makers have returned to profit and volumes are starting to turn positive again, but a look at volume trends makes clear that recovery still has a long way to go. Double-digit volume gains year-over-year are being seen in Asia and Latin America, but...

What to Expect in a Year of Recovery

January 8, 2010 | Robert Westervelt

All indications point to continued recovery this year, led by China. Producers are optimistic that the gradual demand improvement since second-quarter 2009 can be sustained in the new year as our cover story shows. Forecasts call for global chemical output to...

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