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Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017

Posted on December 1st, 2017 by

Margin data supplied by Shell to investment analysts show why petrochemical producers continue to ride high. In the third quarter, most other petrochemical sector players joined the energy major in reporting still healthy cracker margins. Continue reading “Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017” »

LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by

An acquisition by LyondellBasell of Brazil-based polymers giant Braskem would make an excellent strategic fit, and would also be financially feasible with LyondellBasell’s strong and flexible balance sheet. Continue reading “LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique” »

Economic Nationalism Could Disrupt Chem R&D Spending

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by

Economic nationalism could disrupt how chemical companies spend their research and development dollars – by making investments less efficient and by encouraging firms to spend money in other parts of the world. Continue reading “Economic Nationalism Could Disrupt Chem R&D Spending” »

Back to Basics for R&D

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by

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” »

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