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CW Insider, June 7: Managing Specialty Chemicals

11:43 AM MDT | 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 chemicals as margins eroded, selling prices dropped, and overcapacity set in. Several sectors within specialty chemicals became commoditized during the 1990s and early 2000s as producers did poor jobs managing some product lines. A decrease in R&D spending and effectiveness; globalization; and consolidation...

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