19 November 2009 04:57 [Source: ICIS news]
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“The target of $1.5bn is just a number, and we cannot consider it as our most important priority as we should pay more and more attention to the environment and innovation sectors,” Jiang said.
DSM as a whole is reaping the benefits of a cost reduction strategy which aims to save €150-200m ($223.5-298) on a yearly basis by 2010.
“We can see that the chemical market turned better and better in the second half of this year, compared to its weak performance in the first half, now it is hard to [predict] the profit for the whole year because there is still more than one month until the year end,” he said,
“But I believe the profit number will be better than that of last year because we are focusing on innovation to support our development,” he added.
DSM expects its group operating profit in the fourth quarter to be lower than that in the previous quarter, but higher than in the fourth quarter of last year. Its operating profit was down 41% year on year to €
“Thanks to the strong demand from the food and pharmaceutical sectors, which increased steadily in 2008, DSM has not suffered badly last year despite the global financial crisis, instead, we performed better than in previous years,” he said.
The group believes the China market is an important region for advancing its commitment to sustainable development and innovation, Jiang said.
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