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China’s chemical industry: New strategies for a new era

– China looks set to remain the fastest-growing major chemical market, but important changes are under way. To succeed in this next stage of development, players will need to embrace a new set of strategies.

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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 7

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

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Commoditization in chemicals: Time for a marketing and sales response

– Most chemical companies are grappling with increasing commoditization. Rethinking the commercial operating model can help protect... margins.
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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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Pursuing purchasing excellence in chemicals

– While chemical companies recognize the importance of strong purchasing capabilities, few have transformed the function into a... source of strategic advantage. Here’s how they can.
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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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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 5

– Explores the changing chemicals’ landscape, capital markets, innovation, energy, and marketing and sales.
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When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry

– 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.
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When big data goes lean

– The combination of advanced analytics and lean management could be worth tens of billions of dollars in higher earnings for large... manufacturers. A few leading companies are showing the way.
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Tilting the global balance: An interview with the CEO of Solvay

– The Belgian company is reshaping its portfolio to focus harder on fast-growing markets.
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