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decline in polyolefins consumption
Sep 23, 2019
By Anna Ibbotson There was a significant slowdown in polyolefins consumption in 2018, with some major regions experiencing negative growth. The automotive sector had a particularly severe reversal in...
Market analysis of polymers and plastic recycling
Jul 8, 2019
David Lines
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) polymer producers will face major reductions in Western European market demand, due to up to 28% penetration of recycled material on virgin polymer sales by 2035...
Adhesives and Sealants
Jun 7, 2019
As product cycles compress and competitive pressures increase, adhesive & sealant companies must innovate in order to grow. Innovation depends on a combination of initiatives in people and...
Industrial Nitrogen
Apr 9, 2019
Graham Hoar
Graham Hoar, Vice President at Nexant UK, was recently invited to deliver a presentation for the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) conference held in London 6-7 March 2019. Click the link...
Dec 17, 2018
By Marios Hatzikyriakou, P.E. Over the past decade, the chemical industry has experienced increased competition, declining margins, shorter product life cycles and subsequently a strong tendency...
Lithium Hydroxide Investment and Energy Storage
Sep 23, 2018
By Daniel Saxton Background: The lithium industry and batteries The electric vehicle revolution is a game-changer and one of the major trends affecting the mineral and energy industries. Enigmatic...
LiMA Process for Methyl Methacrylate
Sep 10, 2018
By Richard Platt There are several production routes to Methyl methacrylate (MMA). The ACH route dominates supply in most regions, yet the C 4 route accounts for about half the capacity in Asia. BASF...
US ACN exports to China potentially threatened
Sep 6, 2018
Trump’s trade war with China could put US acrylonitrile exports at risk, benefiting European producers (INEOS and AnQore) and other Asian producers in the short-term. Simmering trade tensions between...
Jun 18, 2018
By Denis Roginskiy , Vice President, CohnReznick Capital & Pat V. Sonti , Senior Consultant, Nexant Introduction The U.S. wind energy industry is poised for an aggressive upward trajectory over...
Kevin L. Boyle
May 13, 2018
By Kevin L. Boyle I used to teach finance courses. Inevitably the question, “What is the purpose of a company?” would come up. Like robots, students answered, “To increase shareholder wealth.”...