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Informex: Moving Ahead Amid Economic Uncertainty

9:49 AM MST | February 23, 2009 | Vincent Valk and Alex Scott in San Francisco

Fine and specialty chemical suppliers are concerned about the economic downturn but feel they are well-positioned to ride it out, attendees at the Informex expo, held last month in San Francisco, told CW. The pharmaceutical industry is relatively resilient, with most medicines categorized as non-discretionary goods, suppliers say. That resiliency is helping this sector fare better than the rest of the chemical industry, they add. Even so, prospects for suppliers this year are mixed, according to Socma’s Fifth Annual Business Outlook Survey. Sales at most...

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