In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
September 17-23, 2012

Cover story

Regional leaders revealed

Although 2011 started off with strong signs of recovery in many markets, by the second half the worsening banking and eurozone crisis began to sap confidence. Growth has continued to be lacklustre in 2012.

In some emerging markets growth decelerated sharply as the knock-on effect of problems in mature markets rippled across the globe. Many Latin American companies achieved double-digit sales growth. But slowing growth in Brazil hit results for Braskem.



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Paul Hodges looks behind today's headlines and studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry over the next 12-18 months. He takes a closer look at oil prices, economic growth and the environment among other things, along with some light-hearted banter along the way.

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