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R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

The chemical industry has served as a key driver of China’s “turbo-charged” GDP growth, which has remained above 7 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, R&D spending across Asia continues to increase, accounting for more than 32 percent of global spending on science. Continue reading “R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers” »

Synthetic Rubber Producers Under Pressure As Butadiene Prices Climb

Posted on February 16th, 2017 by 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” »

The Foul Aroma of Isolationism

Posted on December 28th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Due to recent votes in the United States and the UK, aromatics players are increasingly fearful of the impact that political isolationism could have on market liquidity. Continue reading “The Foul Aroma of Isolationism” »

Bringing R&D To China

Posted on November 28th, 2016 by 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” »