IHS Chemical Week

Demand proves durable

June 20, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Industry leaders gathered for ACC’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, were generally upbeat as demand remains positive despite broad manufacturing weakness. Chemicals demand and margins have outperformed other materials thanks to the resilience of the consumer, allowing chemicals to outpace the broader economy....

Still building at Braskem

June 6, 2016

Our cover story this week profiles new Braskem CEO Fernando Musa, who took the helm at the leading Americas polyolefins maker early last month....

Gaucho’s Roundup?

May 23, 2016

Over the past year and half, the Big Six in agricultural chemicals have played musical chairs as pressure to consolidate mounted in response to the weak farm economy....

Evolution of innovation

May 9, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week looks at the transformation and impact of chemical industry R&D (p. 19). Investment is increasingly shorter term, and it is moving closer to customers and growth regions. Chemical makers are collaborating more and with a variety of partners to share cost and risk and quicken development...

Margin management

May 2, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Chemical makers continue to shrug off economic volatility, deflationary energy and feedstock prices, and currency impacts....

Mergers & agriculture

April 18, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week reviews M&A activity with a focus on how chemical makers are navigating the promises and pitfalls of deal-making (p. 23)....

Paint prospects

April 11, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week takes a look at how producers are priming growth in paints and coatings. T...

Flat markets, okay profits

March 28, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Producers attending industry’s big March petrochemical meetings—AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference and the IHS Chemical World Petrochemical Conference—noted how the impact of lower crude oil prices have rippled across industry, impacting feedstock pricing and competitiveness, margins, demand, and sentiment....


March 14, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week takes a deep dive into the strategic considerations, financial projections, and background negotiations that brought together Dow Chemical and DuPont (p. 16). Industry’s largest deal will be followed within two years by its most ambitious split....

Shale gale still a force

March 7, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover feature this week assesses the state of North America’s shale-enabled cost advantage in an era of sharply lower crude prices as petrochemical makers prepare for two big US gatherings: AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference at Dallas on 20–22 March and the IHS Chemical’s World Petrochemical Conference at Houston on 15–18 March (p. 21)....

Seeking direction

February 22, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Chemical markets remain in neutral in part because of subpar growth in the global economy....

Chemicals prove durable

February 15, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Shipments of US chemicals, typically viewed as cyclically exposed, are shaking off economic turmoil in early 2016. Could a durable cost advantage be sheltering US chemical makers while most other materials and commodities markets are being rattled? The latest data show that may be the case....

Fine chemicals

February 1, 2016 | —Robert Westervelt

Our cover story this week focuses on the fine chemical sector as it prepares for Informex in New Orleans from 2–4 February....

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