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Dr. Kai Pflug

Dr. Kai Pflug

CEO, Management Consulting – Chemicals

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About the author:

With a Ph.D. in chemistry and a master in economics, Kai Pflug Ph.D., started his career as a chemical researcher. After 5 years, he switched to management consulting (primarily for the chemical industry), which he has done for more than 15 years, being based in Shanghai for the last 12 years. This included work as project manager and as Chief Representative of a consulting company in Shanghai. In 2009, Kai started Management Consulting – Chemicals, providing strategy, organization, marketing, sales and innovation consulting to the Chemical industry in China and Asia.


Posts by Dr. Kai Pflug

Bringing R&D To China

Posted on November 28th, 2016 in Chemical R&D

CEFIC, a European association of chemical companies, expects China´s share of the global chemical market to increase further – from the current 39.9% (2015) to 44% in 2030. So, despite the slowdown of the Chinese economy, growth is still faster than the global average. Continue reading “Bringing R&D To China” »

Tighter environmental regulation in China: an opportunity for India´s chemical industry?

Posted on November 7th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an Indian financial service provider. They asked me to speak at their Specialty Chemicals Investor day. I explained that my focus is on China – but it turned out that this was exactly what they were interested in. Continue reading “Tighter environmental regulation in China: an opportunity for India´s chemical industry?” »

Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation

Posted on October 25th, 2016 in Chemical R&D

Rare earth metals are needed to make many high-tech products, including smartphones, wind turbines, laptops and electric cars. Though 65% of the world’s reserves are located outside of China, currently China supplies more than 93% of the world’s rare earth elements, Continue reading “Politically induced scarcity leading to innovation” »

From Products to Services

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 in Chemical R&D

In July 2016, RPM International, the sixth-biggest global coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of 4.4 billion USD, made a small acquisition, buying a company increasing Chinese competition, to a logical conclusion. Continue reading “From Products to Services” »

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