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R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

Chemical Manufacturing’s Three Main Challenges in Industry 4.0

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Chemical manufacturing is being transformed by Industry 4.0. Today’s chemical companies are quickly adapting to the digital world, recognizing the power of “connection” among products, production equipment and personnel. But with transformation also comes challenges. Some are specific to organizations and depend on where they currently stand regarding technology, operations and resources. Continue reading “Chemical Manufacturing’s Three Main Challenges in Industry 4.0” »

Guidelines for Multinationals Expanding Chemical R&D in China

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

As China’s chemical market accounts for an ever-growing share of the total global market (it’s expected to be 40% by the year 2020), the market share of foreign-owned chemical companies in China has been declining. Continue reading “Guidelines for Multinationals Expanding Chemical R&D in China” »

Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Where can chemical companies look for the next step change in financial performance? Consulting company McKinsey poses the question in a study published this month. It suggests that the answer probably lies in digitalisation. Continue reading “Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals” »

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