Chemicals & Materials Now!
From basic to specialty, and everything in between
Posted on November 16th, 2017 by John Baker
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 November 14th, 2017 by Nigel Davis
Capturing growth in petrochemicals has to also be about capturing value, whether you are a standalone player or a producer integrated back to the refinery or other source of feedstocks. Making money down the chain has never been assured and typically runs in cycles. Feedstock cost volatility and the fluctuation of supply and demand see to that. Continue reading “Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations” »
Posted on November 9th, 2017 by Nigel Davis
European petrochemical industry players were upbeat at the 51st European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Berlin at the beginning of October.
Posted on November 6th, 2017 by Nigel Davis
The blocking of the Huntsman/Clariant merger marks a “high water mark for US activist investors, which have increasingly turned their attention to European companies,” according to the Switzerland and Austria correspondent for the Financial Times. Continue reading “A High Point for Hedge Funds; a Low Point for Strategy” »