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Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The economic recoveries in Brazil and Argentina are trickling down to the nation’s chemical industries, which are seeing demand rise and – in Argentina – the possibility of new capacity. These were among the highlights of this year’s annual meeting held by the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA), which ended Tuesday 14 November. Continue reading “Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights” »

China Anti-Pollution Drive Takes Heavy Toll

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

China’s winter anti-pollution campaign at its major industrial bases could deal another blow to the country’s overall petrochemical production, already hit by shutdowns amid strict environmental compliance checks at factories throughout the year. Continue reading “China Anti-Pollution Drive Takes Heavy Toll” »

LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

An acquisition by LyondellBasell of Brazil-based polymers giant Braskem would make an excellent strategic fit, and would also be financially feasible with LyondellBasell’s strong and flexible balance sheet. Continue reading “LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique” »

Back to Basics for R&D

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The chemical industry is beginning to spend more on basic research again, in the search for step-out innovations. In part, this is being driven by a need to improve returns from innovation efforts, and in part it is being stimulated by the need for advanced materials in areas such as batteries, electric vehicles, 3D printing, space exploration and satellites, robotics, electronics, and the like. Continue reading “Back to Basics for R&D” »

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