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The ICIS Company of the Year for 2012 is Canada-based NOVA Chemicals, a firm that, rescued from near bankruptcy in 2009, has been restored as a growing and profitable olefins and polymers producer.
Nova's Corunna, Canada plant
NOVA's sales in 2011 grew by 14.5%, but those gains were turned into operating profits growth of 69% and the company's net profit more than doubled. Profit margins to sales and assets improved markedly while debt was paid down.
INSIGHT: Crude fall moves olefins margins, hits ethane advantage
"Prices tend to fall faster than they can be recovered so this is a difficult and uncertain time."
VIDEO: ICIS special report - impact of lower crude oil prices