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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” »

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” »

Political Shifts Threaten Free Trade Development

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

The global economy has been impacted significantly in recent months by political mood shifts in major economies.  Brexit, the upcoming US election and the dampening public sentiment in EU member countries all paint an uncertain future for free-trade relationships.  Continue reading “Political Shifts Threaten Free Trade Development” »

Panama Canal Expansion has Ripple Effect for Global Chemical Trade

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

The impact of the recent Panama Canal expansion project, which more than doubled the Canal’s shipping capacity, has rippled across the Latin America region.  The growth in American oil and gas and derivatives exports is straining the region’s trade capacity, Continue reading “Panama Canal Expansion has Ripple Effect for Global Chemical Trade” »