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Celanese boosts engineered materials with SoFTer deal

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Celanese’s pending acquisition of the Italian compounder SoFTer Group will further increase the company’s exposure in engineered materials.

The deal will not change Celanese’s place as one of the largest producers of acetyls in the world. Continue reading “Celanese boosts engineered materials with SoFTer deal” »

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” »

Braskem Earnings Show Signs Of Brazil Recovery

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Braskem’s second-quarter domestic resin sales show signs that the nation’s economy is beginning to recover from its worst recession in decades.  Continue reading “Braskem Earnings Show Signs Of Brazil Recovery” »

Transparency Key to Iran Attracting Foreign Investment

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

With the lifting of EU sanctions on Iran in January of this year, European businesses now have the opportunity to do business in Iran for the first time since 2011.  Access to Iran’s oil and gas reserves, as well as significant polyethylene and polypropylene markets, could bolster the recently shaky EU chemicals market. Continue reading “Transparency Key to Iran Attracting Foreign Investment” »