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Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Capturing growth in petrochemicals has to also be about capturing value, whether you are a standalone player or a producer integrated back to the refinery or other source of feedstocks. Making money down the chain has never been assured and typically runs in cycles. Feedstock cost volatility and the fluctuation of supply and demand see to that. Continue reading “Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations” »

Europe petchem players upbeat but face digital challenges

Posted on November 9th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

European petrochemical industry players were upbeat at the 51st European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Berlin at the beginning of October.

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Asia’s next shift in petrochemicals to be led by China and India

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

APIC-Sapporo
While a good amount of buzz at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Sapporo, Japan, on 18-19 May, was on the coming wave of US ethylene and derivatives capacity and its potential impact, Asia itself is undergoing major structural shifts with implications for global markets.
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ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Preparing a list of the leading chemical companies by sales always highlights some trends worthy of note. Perhaps this year, the annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies listing emphasizes the struggle for growth and the ways in which companies have used mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to achieve their goals, the pressure on organic growth being widely apparent globally. Continue reading “ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth” »

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