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R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals

Posted on August 4th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Chemical producers often refer to products as becoming “commoditized” as the market becomes more competitive resulting in a drop in profitability.  This is a fair characterization for commodity chemicals such as ethylene or methanol that by definition cannot be differentiated.  Continue reading “When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals” »