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Will growth end mega M&A deals?

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The mutually agreed merger of Huntsman and Clariant to create a specialty chemical company with $20bn enterprise value is the latest in a string of major consolidation deals in the sector. Leading chemical producers have been seeking ways of achieving growth during an extended period of sluggish global economic expansion, and mergers and acquisitions has been the go-to strategy. Continue reading “Will growth end mega M&A deals?” »

Oil, costs, lack of growth and M&A all reflected in top 100 performance

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The ICIS Top 100 Chemicals Distributors ranking reflects a market still under pressure from the global oil price collapse.  Petrochemicals prices dropped in 2015 and 2016, down 28% and 7% from previous year averages, respectively.  Continue reading “Oil, costs, lack of growth and M&A all reflected in top 100 performance” »

Low productivity growth continues to confound us

Posted on October 3rd, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

US productivity growth continues to remain below average, a trend that is reshaping the chemical industry. Continue reading “Low productivity growth continues to confound us” »