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Nigel Davis

Nigel Davis

Insights Editor, ICIS

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Covestro Q1 earnings driven by volumes and prices

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

Higher prices for key intermediates in Asia and the knock-on effect in other parts of the world in the first quarter has, not surprisingly, helped lift returns for the petrochemical majors. Continue reading “Covestro Q1 earnings driven by volumes and prices” »

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” »

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