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Meeting the need for a new supply chain in chemicals
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Meeting the need for a new supply chain in chemicals

April 2014—Chemical companies' supply chains are increasingly under strain. Strengthening supply-chain capabilities can improve results and provide a competitive advantage.

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When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry

April 2014—The region’s producers are entering a world of limited new gas supply. To continue to grow at home and remain competitive, big changes will be required.more

LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly
interview | McKinsey on Chemicals

Leading a turnaround: An interview with LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly

December 2013—The CEO of one of the world's largest petrochemical companies talks about his company's rapid turnaround since 2009, moving from Chapter 11 to becoming an industry leader that ranks among the top ten chemicals players by market capitalization.

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Tilting the global balance: An interview with the CEO of Solvay

October 2013—The Belgian company is reshaping its portfolio to focus harder on fast-growing markets.more

Supplier collaboration
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

McKinsey on Chemicals: New perspectives on supplier management

Successful supplier collaboration and streamlining the supplier qualification process can provide new opportunities for chemical companies, both in their roles as suppliers to OEMs and other major consumers and in their relationships with their own suppliers.

Chemical innovation
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Is chemicals innovation still worth the investment?

May 2013—Long considered a cornerstone of chemical industry growth, innovation's contribution has been questioned as parts of the industry have become commoditized. We show that chemicals innovation continues to deliver attractive returns, and describe three approaches to further improve innovation returns.

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What’s next for international chemical companies in China?

June 2013—To drive further profitable growth in the increasingly competitive China market, international chemical companies should focus on five areas.more

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The path to improved returns in materials commercialization

August 2012—Six failure modes bedevil chemical companies when it comes to commercialization of new products and materials. Companies that deploy the right capabilities can dramatically speed up times to launch and to achieving meaningful revenues.more

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Innovation in chemicals: An interview with Dow Corning’s CEO and CTO

May 2011—Dow Corning’s Stephanie Burns and Gregg Zank talk about successful approaches to new-product and business-model innovation.more

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