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Launching Axalta: An interview with Charlie Shaver

– Charlie Shaver led the carve-out of DuPont’s coatings business that created Axalta. Five years on, he talks about the steps he has taken to build an industry leader, and trends in the coatings sector.

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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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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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

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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What’s next for international chemical companies in China?

– To drive further profitable growth in the increasingly competitive China market, international chemical companies should focus... on five areas.
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Chemical innovation: An investment for the ages

– Innovation still clearly pays off. Smart innovation-portfolio design and better market insight can make it pay even better.
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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.
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Chemicals’ changing competitive landscape

– High energy prices and the global economy’s eastward shift are changing the formula for success. Newcomers must build capabilities,... and incumbents must sharpen value propositions.
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