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Nigel Davis

Nigel Davis

Insights Editor, ICIS

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Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends

Posted on April 6th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Consultancy McKinsey’s chemicals practice threw some interesting thinking into the pot last week. Its research indicates that chemical sector returns have been flattening over the past few years with performance being negatively impacted by overcapacity and slower demand growth. Continue reading “Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends” »

Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals

Posted on March 9th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Where can chemical companies look for the next step change in financial performance? Consulting company McKinsey poses the question in a study published this month. It suggests that the answer probably lies in digitalisation. Continue reading “Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals” »

Synthetic Rubber Producers Under Pressure As Butadiene Prices Climb

Posted on February 16th, 2017 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The recent rapid and, since August, relentless increase in butadiene prices in Asia is forcing some consumers to think about cutbacks. Continue reading “Synthetic Rubber Producers Under Pressure As Butadiene Prices Climb” »

Versalis looking for growth, pushing ahead on bio-portfolio

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Daniele Ferrari

Versalis CEO, Daniele Ferrari Source: Versalis

The “better products” drive has taken on new meaning at Italy-headquartered Versalis. Buoyed by positive cash flows and profits, the company, now once again part of energy giant ENI, is pushing ahead with geographical expansion alongside the development of a robust bio-based production platform. Continue reading “Versalis looking for growth, pushing ahead on bio-portfolio” »

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