McKinsey on Chemicals Issue 7
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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 7

Explores the changing chemicals landscape, capital markets, strategies, mergers & acquisitions, and digital.

Articles in this issue

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Chemicals and capital markets: Back at the top

– Early 2018 sees the chemical industry back in position as the top performer in its value chain.
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Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?

– Chemical companies have been riding high, but the trends that have underpinned that performance are shifting. Companies should reflect carefully on their strengths as they move into this new territory.
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Digital in chemicals: From technology to impact

– What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them?
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Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

– Location has been the key to success in petrochemicals: playing in emerging markets and accessing cheap feedstock. As the industry shifts, companies will have to work harder on core capabilities and strategy.
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What to do when a specialty chemical business gets commoditized

– A commoditized chemical business can be as profitable as a specialty one: the key is to change to the operating model that suits the business.
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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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Managing M&A in chemicals: Meeting the new challenges

– The chemical industry is seeing a record level of M&A, higher multiples, and growing activist-investor activity. Chemical companies must strengthen their M&A and integration capabilities to ensure they create value in this environment.
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Using advanced analytics to boost productivity and profitability in chemical manufacturing

– Digital holds major promise for chemical companies, and employing advanced analytics in manufacturing presents some of the earliest-accessible and largest opportunities.
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