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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” »

Chemical Price Index Falls 2.6%, Reflecting Lower Crude Prices

Posted on July 27th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Significant price volatility for some petrochemicals over the past few months has overshadowed steadier trends more closely related to crude oil and overarching market direction. Continue reading “Chemical Price Index Falls 2.6%, Reflecting Lower Crude Prices” »

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” »

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