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A game plan for international specialty-chemical companies in China

– To avoid getting left behind in China’s specialty-chemical market, international companies need a new approach.

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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 6

– Explores the changing chemicals landscape, capital markets, energy, strategies, purchasing, and capital spending.

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Strengthening Japanese agriculture to maximize global reach

– Japan struggles to maintain output levels and expand exports of its expansive agricultural sector. A new approach could help meet the government’s aspirations.
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Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

– Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.
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From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

– How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain social stability?

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– Most chemical companies are grappling with increasing commoditization. Rethinking the commercial operating model can help protect... margins.
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Small equals big: Unlocking savings in small to midsize capital-project portfolios in chemicals

– Increased rigor in managing smaller chemical projects can help capture significant untapped value.
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The turnaround at Clariant: An interview with Hariolf Kottmann

– The CEO of the Swiss specialty-chemical company has steered it back onto a growth path through restructuring and an aggressive... continuous-improvement program.
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Solving the puzzle of India’s petrochemical-intermediates shortfall

– The country’s upstream petrochemical and downstream specialties industries are expanding healthily. But a combination of... moves will be needed to meet India’s fast-growing demand for petrochemical intermediates.
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The nimble prosper: Dynamic resource allocation in chemicals

– Crafting a strategic road map and responding rapidly to external shocks are critical for superior value creation in chemicals.
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Chemicals and capital markets: Still going strong

– The chemical industry continues to ride high in capital markets. Our latest capital-markets update suggests that a number of the... key value-driving trends remain in place.
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How Dow reinvented itself

– CEO Andrew N. Liveris discusses his company’s evolution and how engaging the customer chain and embracing technology drives... growth and innovation.
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Oil-price shocks and the chemical industry: Preparing for a volatile environment

– The outlook for oil prices is highly unstable. To assure they have the agility to navigate this, chemical companies need to build... new organizational capabilities.
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Taming manufacturing complexity with advanced analytics

– A chemical maker uses advanced analytical techniques to identify—and seize—opportunities across its value chain. Better... collaboration is a side benefit.
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Bringing discipline to your sustainability initiatives

– Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can possibly manage. Here’s how to get them under control.

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