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Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by John Baker 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?” »
Posted on May 16th, 2017 by Nigel Davis in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
Higher prices for key intermediates in Asia and the knock-on effect in other parts of the world in the first quarter has, not surprisingly, helped lift returns for the petrochemical majors. Continue reading “Covestro Q1 earnings driven by volumes and prices” »
Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Al Greenwood in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis
Executives and managers from several plastic producers expect Brazil’s economy to start a sustained recovery in the second half of the year, ending the nation’s worst recession since the Great Depression. Continue reading “Brazil’s recovery to strengthen in second half” »