Technology-enabled procurement for chemical companies

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsThey recognize the importance of strong purchasing capabilities, but few have transformed the function into a source of real strategic advantage. Digital and analytics can help.

Beating the cycle: Building resilience in chemicals

McKinsey

Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Chemicals InsightsOur research finds companies that increased resilience in the last downturn made bold moves.

The next big thing? Quantum computing’s potential impact on chemicals

McKinsey

The chemical industry is poised to be an early beneficiary of the vastly expanded modeling and computational capabilities of quantum computing. Chemicals Insights

Dynamic pricing: Using digital and analytics to take value pricing in the chemical industry to the next level

McKinsey

Rapid, customer-tailored pricing adjustments being made possible by new digital and advanced-analytics capabilities can generate substantial revenue improvement for chemical companies. Chemicals Insights

How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

McKinsey

Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Chemicals InsightsIncumbent players need to make the right moves now to tap this opportunity.

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

McKinsey

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

Chemicals manufacturing 2030+: More of the same…but different

McKinsey

A decade from now, chemicals plants may look similar from the outside. But the inside will be very different. Insights on Operations

Digital in chemicals: From technology to impact

McKinsey

What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them? Our Insights

Managing M&A in chemicals: Meeting the new challenges

McKinsey

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. Our Insights

The Next Wave of Innovation in the Chemicals Industry

Strategy+Business

The world is potentially on the brink of an age of new powerful materials, fueled by innovation in the chemicals industry.

Value Creation in Chemicals 2016: Navigating the Territory of Extremes

BCG

The chemical industry was once a top value creator, generating a five-year total shareholder return (TSR) above that of every other industry in BCG’s annual Value Creators ranking. This disparity indicates that the chemical industry has become a territory of extremes.

A game plan for international specialty-chemical companies in China

McKinsey

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

Demystifying digital marketing and sales in the chemical industry

McKinsey

Digital can give chemical companies the power to unlock more than $200 billion of new value by reducing cost to serve, improving pricing, and for fast movers, capturing growth from competitors. Our Insights

Commoditization in chemicals: Time for a marketing and sales response

McKinsey

Most chemical companies are grappling with increasing commoditization. Rethinking the commercial operating model can help protect margins. Our Insights

What to do when a specialty-chemical business gets commoditized

McKinsey

Contrary to conventional wisdom, a commoditized chemical business can be as profitable as a specialty one. The key is to change to a different operating model. Our Insights

Making a Business Case for Sustainability in Chemicals

BCG

Rising concerns about sustainability are making it easier for chemical companies to build a business case for investments in sustainable products and services. Article Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Using advanced analytics to boost productivity and profitability in chemical manufacturing

McKinsey

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

Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?

McKinsey

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. Our Insights

No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

McKinsey

Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem. Chemicals Insights

Small equals big: Unlocking savings in small to midsize capital-project portfolios in chemicals

McKinsey

Increased rigor in managing smaller chemical projects can help capture significant untapped value. Our Insights

Dow Chemical’s CEO on Running an Environmentally Friendly Multinational

Harvard Business

Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, discusses the 120-year-old company’s ambitious sustainability agenda. He says an environmentally driven business model is good for the earth—and the bottom line. Liveris is one of the CEOs contributing to Harvard Business Review’s Future Economy Project , in which leaders detail their company’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Download this podcast. Sustainability Audio

Fighting commoditization in chemicals with a better commercial model

McKinsey

Windfalls on feedstocks and emerging-market growth have masked the margin damage from increasing commoditization. Our Insights

Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsLocation 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.

Launching Axalta: An interview with Charlie Shaver

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsCharlie 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.

Harvesting golden opportunities in Indian agriculture: From food security to farmers’ income security by 2025

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsSeveral megatrends may drive the next wave of growth in Indian agriculture. Focusing on a number of investible themes could enhance farmers' incomes and transform their quality of life.

Chemicals: Deploy Natural Supply Chains - Strategy+Business

Strategy+Business

China’s fast climb up the value chain

McKinsey

From high-tech unicorns to specialty chemicals, the country’s economy is moving swiftly beyond its lower-margin roots. China

The Crazy Consultant was LITERALLY Allergic to the Client.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

I think I mentioned back in January that I was working with a chemicals company. In the name of good blogging, I cant say more, but long story short.the company was producing a chemical that made your favorite Crazy Consultant sick. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

Building a great data platform

McKinsey

Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right. Insights on Electric Power & Natural Gas

Syria Whodunit and Brainwashed Puppets: Readers Respond on Most Likely and Least Likely Perpetrators

MishTalk

Those responding to Mish Twitter polls show serious skepticism about who is responsible for the chemical attack in Syria. Here are the results. more…). Economics

The turnaround at Clariant: An interview with Hariolf Kottmann

McKinsey

The CEO of the Swiss specialty-chemical company has steered it back onto a growth path through restructuring and an aggressive continuous-improvement program. Our Insights

Simon Sinek on the Drivers of Real Leadership

Tom Spencer

Simon Sinek gives a ground breaking talk in which he explains the biological drivers of real leadership, and the natural chemicals ( endorphins , dopamine , serotonin and oxytocin ) that enable us to prosper, together.

Simon Sinek on the Drivers of Real Leadership

Tom Spencer

Simon Sinek gives a ground breaking talk in which he explains the biological drivers of real leadership, and the natural chemicals ( endorphins , dopamine , serotonin and oxytocin ) that enable us to prosper, together.

Reflections on "A Moral Obscenity": How Long Ago Was a War Against Syria Decided?

MishTalk

Secretary of State John Kerry says the use of chemical weapons in Syria is " a moral obscenity ". Mr Obama said last year the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” in a conflict which the US has stayed out of, apart from promising to funnel weapons to some anti-Assad forces.

The Next Big Technology Could Be Nanomaterials

Strategy+Business

Thus far, however, the large incumbent chemical companies have remained aloof from the hive of activity at startups and in academic research labs.

Stereotypes Can Be Deadly

Martinka Consulting

Most people, city or rural, don’t want chemicals dumped in their water or on their land. Unfortunately, the color is a chemical reaction from ash runoff from a power plant’s industrial dump site.**. We were having a cup of coffee and some breakfast at a great little coffee shop-bakery-café in Bozeman, MT before going on a hike. Next to us were three ladies, also dressed for a day in the outdoors.

McCain Proposes Military Aid to Al Qaeda; Mideast Map of Who Supports Who

MishTalk

Who Gains From Using Chemical Weapons? Assad had the most to lose by using chemical weapons. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar have the most to gain, especially if chemical use was attributed to Syria (not the rebels). Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack.