In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
April 29-May 12, 2013

Cover story

News focus: SABIC cuts in Europe highlight difficult competitive landscape

Upstream cuts and downstream concerns are likely to colour the Q1 reporting season, which kicks off this month.

SABIC grabbed the headlines earlier in April with its announcement of 1,050 job cuts in Europe. The cuts will be made from a European employee total of 6,000. In the Netherlands, where the company has its European headquarters and a number of chemical plants, 420 job losses are planned, according to union officials.



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Paul Hodges - Chemicals & the Economy Blog
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Insight

INSIGHT: Lower growth, higher costs make Europe situation worse
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