Archive | December, 2010

Not time to be a contrarian yet!

Contrarian minds might think it’s nigh time to sell the chemical group when the term “supercycle” enters the investment lexicon. But dare I say it? This time it’s different! Robust petrochemical and polymer margins and talk of a “stronger-for-longer” upcycle are typically late-cycle phenomena. Such forecasts came out in full force in early 2005 – […]

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The “new” LyondellBasell powerhouse

For our last issue of 2010, December 13, we are pleased to unveil the ICIS Top 40 Power Players – the most influential people in the global chemical markets. In a year of recovery, the rising tide has lifted many boats out of the maelstrom of 2009, but some firms will emerge stronger than others. […]

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Goodbye to SOCMA’s Joe Acker

One of the historic ICIS Top 40 Power Players, Joe Acker, former president of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), passed away on December 6, 2010. Joe died on the night of the SOCMA’s 89th Annual Dinner in New York, following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. He retired from SOCMA last December, […]

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Sponsor-to-sponsor deals to proliferate

Get ready to see more private equity firms selling chemical assets to other private equity firms to other private equity firms. These so-called sponsor-to-sponsor deals will become more prevalent based on several factors. First, many financial buyers are seeking to exit investments made during the private equity boom in the 2000s through 2008. The typical holding […]

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