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Dow and DuPont Approach Merger and Spin-Offs from Positions of Strength

Posted on August 11th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The DowDuPont merger and subsequent spin-offs are all about value creation: value for shareholders and value for customers. And, not unsurprisingly, the clamor for more is growing louder, as the short-term gains expected from the series of transactions possible following the merger are scrutinized. Continue reading “Dow and DuPont Approach Merger and Spin-Offs from Positions of Strength” »

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” »

When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals

Posted on August 4th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Chemical producers often refer to products as becoming “commoditized” as the market becomes more competitive resulting in a drop in profitability.  This is a fair characterization for commodity chemicals such as ethylene or methanol that by definition cannot be differentiated.  Continue reading “When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals” »