Archive | September, 2009


European petrochemical industry will stay competitive

BY SPECIAL GUEST COLUMNIST ALBERT HEUSER, PRESIDENT OF BASF’S PETROCHEMICALS DIVISION The global economic crisis continues to cause a difficult business environment. The petrochemical industry is coping with this crisis in a very agile and flexible way, and indications are that the situation is stabilizing at a low level. But there are still many unresolved issues. […]

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Making sense of China’s boom time

Many across the global chemical industry are pinning their hopes on China as a driver for recovery in demand for chemicals. Indeed, in recent months, we have been encouraged by some startlingly good import and export figures from the country. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) imports nearly doubled in the first half of the year, while low […]

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Top of the heap in a tumultuous year

Once again, we are pleased to present the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies, ranked by 2008 sales. The results, spanning the global chemical industry, reflect a strong start to the year, followed by a collapse in the third and fourth quarters, triggered by the widespread financial and economic crisis that began in the US. German major […]

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Mexican petrochemical industry needs political will

    BY SPECIAL GUEST COLUMNIST ARTURO GARCIA Is there a real future for Mexico’s petrochemical industry? We still have no answer, or at least we keep trying to justify that “with no answer” we still have an opportunity. But when will this opportunity materialize? Because of its great economic impact downstream, we need to battle […]

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