Chemicals & Materials Now!
From basic to specialty, and everything in between
Global editor custom publishing at ICIS
About the author:
John Baker has been an editor at ICIS for over 25 years. For most of that time he led the weekly publication, European Chemical News, now known as ICIS Chemical Business.
He is currently global editor for custom publishing at ICIS, responsible for managing revenue-generating projects such as printed supplements, Roundtables, reader research and webcasts, etc… and the annual ICIS Innovation Awards.
John has been writing and reporting on chemicals for 30+ years and has a chemistry and materials science degree from the University of Cambridge. His favourite areas of coverage are R&D & innovation, logistics & distribution and chemical engineering.
Posts by John Baker
Posted on November 16th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
The chemical industry is beginning to spend more on basic research again, in the search for step-out innovations. In part, this is being driven by a need to improve returns from innovation efforts, and in part it is being stimulated by the need for advanced materials in areas such as batteries, electric vehicles, 3D printing, space exploration and satellites, robotics, electronics, and the like. Continue reading “Back to Basics for R&D” »
Posted on June 23rd, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
The mutually agreed merger of Huntsman and Clariant to create a specialty chemical company with $20bn enterprise value is the latest in a string of major consolidation deals in the sector. Leading chemical producers have been seeking ways of achieving growth during an extended period of sluggish global economic expansion, and mergers and acquisitions has been the go-to strategy. Continue reading “Will growth end mega M&A deals?” »
Posted on June 16th, 2017 in Chemical R&D
Collaborative innovation in the chemical sector has a long history and can bring many benefits, but it creates tension over intellectual property and openness – companies need to address these issues going forward Continue reading “Innovation Needs More Collaboration” »
Posted on October 20th, 2016 in Chemical R&D
Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes in the chemical industry, as today’s winners of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2016 clearly show. The overall winner, US-based Compact Membrane Systems is a small start-up but one with a big idea – a cheaper and more energy efficient way of separating lower olefins for paraffins. Continue reading “ICIS Innovation Awards – The Winners” »