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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.


McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 6

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



Successful agricultural transformations: Six core elements of planning and delivery

– How can countries increase their odds of a successful rural transformation?

Readiness for agricultural transformation

– What makes a country ready to implement a good agricultural transformation plan?

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.

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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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.

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.

McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 5

– Explores the changing chemicals’ landscape, capital markets, innovation, energy, and marketing and sales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Innovation in chemicals: An interview with Dow Corning’s CEO and CTO

– Dow Corning’s Stephanie Burns and Gregg Zank talk about successful approaches to new-product and business-model innovation.

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