Chemicals & Materials Now!
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Michael D. Brown
President, StrategyMark Inc
About the author:
Michael D. Brown is an industry expert in the specialty chemicals market, with business experience gained at leading Fortune 50 companies. He regularly consults with Wall Street analysts, hedge fund managers, chemical producers, members of the media and attorneys on specialty chemicals matters relating to business planning, strategy development, and competitive intelligence.
Posts by Michael D. Brown
Posted on December 20th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
In my previous blog I explored the “fuzzy front-end” of innovation and discussed the somewhat mysterious process for ideation practiced across much of the chemical industry. Continue reading “Seeds of Innovation – Part 2” »
Posted on November 21st, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
In my long career of commercial development in the chemical industry, I have found ideation to be one of the most difficult and frustrating processes to design and manage. Continue reading “Seeds of Innovation – Part 1” »
Posted on August 4th, 2016 in Chemical R&D
Chemical producers often refer to products as becoming “commoditized” as the market becomes more competitive resulting in a drop in profitability. This is a fair characterization for commodity chemicals such as ethylene or methanol that by definition cannot be differentiated. Continue reading “When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals” »
Posted on June 9th, 2016 in Chemical R&D
Nearly every company has long-term strategies aimed at growth. Of the countless ways to grow a business, innovation is among the most important growth “tools” available to chemical companies. Continue reading “Innovating Growth” »