Archive | July, 2009


Mixing business and humanity

WITH A relentless focus on the bottom line by company managements and the financial community, it’s easy to lose sight of the human side of the chemical business. Our industry has a tremendous capacity to benefit human life. And importantly, we should showcase that at every opportunity. The RPM International annual meeting at the New […]

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Brazil finds shelter from the storm

By Anna Jagger/London Brazil’s chemical sector is better positioned than most to weather the financial slump. Producers were hit badly by the collapse in global demand at the end of last year, but they have reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. There are signs that domestic chemical demand is picking up, helped by […]

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BASF moves reflect global chemical manufacturing shift

Nowhere is the global tectonic shift in chemical manufacturing more apparent than in the largest chemical company’s latest restructuring and expansion moves. Germany’s BASF, which acquired Swiss specialty chemical giant Ciba for $5.1bn in April, laid out its massive restructuring plan last week. The bottom line – 23 out of 55 acquired production sites will be […]

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