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Brazil’s recovery to strengthen in second half

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by 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” »

Tempered optimism ahead of wave of US project start-ups

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

It’s happening. The US cracker project wave is amplifying with Dow Chemical announcing the completion of its 1.5m tonne/year ethylene project in Freeport, Texas – the second new US cracker after the Occidental Chemical/Mexichem start-up in the first quarter of this year. Continue reading “Tempered optimism ahead of wave of US project start-ups” »

A New Era of Economic Acceleration Amid Political Uncertainty?

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has hardly ever been more bullish than on the company’s Q4 earnings conference call. Citing positive momentum in the US and global economies going into 2017, his comments contrast starkly with those about dealing with a “slow growth” world just a couple of years ago. Continue reading “A New Era of Economic Acceleration Amid Political Uncertainty?” »

ICIS company of the year: the many ways chemicals can pay

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Dow Chemical has been named the ICIS Chemicals Company of the Year.  This was based on 2015 financial performance which showed that though sales dropped due to turmoil in petrochemicals pricing, Dow was able significantly increase operating and net profits by focusing on performance materials. Continue reading “ICIS company of the year: the many ways chemicals can pay” »

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