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McKinsey on Chemicals

Number 4
Spring 2012

In this publication, we bring you our best thinking on the ways that chemical companies can deliver sustainable growth in today’s challenging environment.

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Squaring the circle
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Squaring the circle: Growth and value creation

Capital markets have been pleased with the chemical industry’s high profitability levels. But future value creation will require that companies achieve growth while maintaining this performance.

The path to improved returns in materials commercialization
article | McKinsey Quarterly

The path to improved returns in materials commercialization

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

The growing demand for green
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

The growing demand for green

Recent McKinsey surveys confirm that the appetite for green products is starting to grow rapidly but varies across market sectors and geographies. Producers must embrace a more nuanced picture of what will work and focus on products that meet the right criteria and perform as well as conventional materials.

Winning in India: The specialty-chemicals opportunity
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Winning in India: The specialty-chemicals opportunity

Long seen as challenging and lacking scale of opportunity, India’s specialty-chemicals potential is increasingly being recognized by international players. Companies must embrace a number of India-specific approaches to succeed.

An Indian specialty-chemicals success story: An interview with United Phosphorus Limited’s Jai Shroff
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

An Indian specialty-chemicals success story: An interview with United Phosphorus Limited’s Jai Shroff

United Phosphorus’s CEO talks about his company’s impressive story of international growth and prospects for the global crop-protection-chemicals industry.

Using microeconomics to guide investments in petrochemicals
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Using microeconomics to guide investments in petrochemicals

The shake-up of competitive dynamics under way in the global petrochemical industry has rendered traditional investment-planning approaches obsolete. Building margin-outlook scenarios from better insights into price relationships can help companies make the right investment decisions.

Improving return on sales by better managing small customers
article | McKinsey on Chemicals

Improving return on sales by better managing small customers

By differentiating service levels and rethinking the role of distributors, chemical companies can raise the profitability of smaller customers.

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