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Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The time was ripe to strike a merger of equals, with two global specialty chemical companies well into their portfolio transformation plans shedding commoditised assets, with similar goals and valuation multiples, the CEOs of Huntsman and Clariant said on Monday 22 May. Continue reading “Timing is ripe for Huntsman and Clariant merger” »

Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Consultancy McKinsey’s chemicals practice threw some interesting thinking into the pot last week. Its research indicates that chemical sector returns have been flattening over the past few years with performance being negatively impacted by overcapacity and slower demand growth. Continue reading “Industry growth rates, productivity threatened by global trends” »

Versalis looking for growth, pushing ahead on bio-portfolio

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Daniele Ferrari

Versalis CEO, Daniele Ferrari Source: Versalis

The “better products” drive has taken on new meaning at Italy-headquartered Versalis. Buoyed by positive cash flows and profits, the company, now once again part of energy giant ENI, is pushing ahead with geographical expansion alongside the development of a robust bio-based production platform. Continue reading “Versalis looking for growth, pushing ahead on bio-portfolio” »

Solar impulse backers can help hasten global clean technologies drive

Posted on November 24th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

The Paris climate change accord is held out as the beacon of hope for those who believe sincerely in anthropomorphic climate change. Many of the accord’s adherents would also argue strongly for further, concerted global action to stem greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading “Solar impulse backers can help hasten global clean technologies drive” »

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