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E&C challenges

November 28, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week takes a look at the engineering and construction (E&C) sector to help make sense of the project and capital cost environment for chemical makers....

Trump impact

November 14, 2016

The shocking victory of Donald Trump in 8 November’s presidential election promises significant US policy changes for chemical makers....

Remembering Deepti Ramesh

November 7, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

It is with profound sadness that we report Deepti Ramesh, our India-based Asia editor for the past 10 years, passed away unexpectedly on 30 October....

Consuming chemicals

October 31, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

Third-quarter results reflect broader economic conditions, but demand thankfully remains a few ticks higher than industrial production. Industry’s exposure to consumer markets continues to modestly lift otherwise miserable demand growth. Cost controls, generally favorable feedstock trends (rising natural gas and propane are exceptions), and relatively strong pricing continue to help maintain strong margins....

Industry 4.0

October 17, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

Digital transformation, also referred to as Industry 4.0, is set to transform the chemical sector. The effort holds the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, increased agility, better quality, and improved productivity....

Plastics levels

October 10, 2016 | Robert Westervelt

CW’s cover story this week surveys the plastics landscape as industry prepares for K, the triennial plastics fair, later this month in Düsseldorf, Germany....

Not so fast

September 26, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Germany’s BASF, with chemicals revenue of $59.3 billion, takes back the top spot in CW’s annual ranking of the industry’s largest companies by revenue after ceding the top spot to China’s Sinopec last year. Sinopec and Dow Chemical round out the top three. The top six companies—in order, BASF, Sinopec, Dow, ExxonMobil, SABIC, and Formosa Plastics—remain the same from last year....

European review

September 12, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story takes a look at European petrochemicals as the region’s petrochemical makers enjoy a period of unexpected strong profitability (p. 23)....

Deal review

September 5, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Another week, another $10-billion-plus deal in the spotlight. Fertilizer makers PotashCorp and Agrium announced that they were discussing a merger of equals valued at more than $30 billion (p. 7)....

And then there were three?

August 22, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Linde and Praxair revealed merger talks last week, raising questions as to whether antitrust regulators will permit the number of industrial gases firms to slip from four to three (p. 7). The industrial gases market has consolidated significantly since the mid-1990s....

Pressing down on costs

August 8, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Economic and chemical demand growth remain uneven, which second-quarter results across industry demonstrate. Most producers noted a slight pick up in the second quarter, but volume growth remains tepid and confidence fragile....

M&A on a large scale

July 25, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Industry M&A activity continues to scale new heights as large deals dominate the landscape. While the parade of multibillion dollar deals cannot go on forever, dealmakers expect the strong activity to continue, as our cover story shows (p. 19)....

Brexit impact

July 11, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

It’s clear Brexit will dent near-term growth prospects, but the question remains by how much. Chemical growth and global GDP are already slow, and the uncertainty will weigh on investment decisions and consumer confidence with that likely to extend to economic growth and chemical demand ( p. 6)...

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