What the future of mobility holds for chemical players

McKinsey

Chemical companies will be affected by disruption in the automotive industry. Chemicals InsightsThose expecting to flourish in the next normal must meet the changes head-on and respond to three key trends.

End-to-end digital transformations for chemical companies

McKinsey

Chemical companies can capture value by digitizing the entirety of their value chains. Chemicals InsightsDigital technologies disrupt old ways of working but also reveal opportunities to improve.

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Tech-enabled asset productivity in chemicals and agriculture

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsSelecting the right combination of traditional and tech-enabled maintenance and reliability solutions is critical to delivering improved performance and higher operating margins.

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.

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.

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 InsightsCompanies must act now to capture the benefits.

The M&A wave in chemicals: Bigger, faster, and more specialized

McKinsey

Long-term trends make M&A in the chemicals sector both a vehicle for growth and a play for safety. Chemicals Insights

Digital platforms in chemicals: The game is on—will the winner take all?

McKinsey

Chemical companies that hope to win in this space must move fast. Chemicals InsightsDirect commercial interfaces—or digital platforms—are increasingly preferred by B2B buyers.

Resilience in chemicals: How to prepare for the next downturn

McKinsey

Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Chemicals InsightsHere’s what resilient companies did to outperform their peers.

Chemicals and capital markets: Back at the top

McKinsey

Early 2018 sees the chemical industry back in position as the top performer in its value chain. Chemicals Insights

Chemicals in capital markets: Temporary setbacks or new disruptive trends?

McKinsey

The global chemical industry is no stranger to setbacks in capital markets performance. Chemicals InsightsA snapshot of recent trends may show the industry entering new territory.

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

Chemicals and capital markets: Searching for a way back to the winner’s podium

McKinsey

Chemicals have lagged in global capital markets since early 2018. Chemicals InsightsThe industry needs a new set of value drivers to win back investors’ interest.

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

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

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

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

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

Predictive maintenance: the wrong solution to the right problem in chemicals

McKinsey

Chemicals plants often have plenty of good data on equipment performance and reliability. A predictive-maintenance program might be the worst way to use it. Insights on Operations

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

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

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. But for today's incumbent chemicals companies to be central players in this story, there are some vital prerequisites: restructuring of their product portfolios, successful exploitation of digital technologies, and rewriting business models to generate higher returns on their investment in innovation

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

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

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

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. Yet some chemical companies have been able to adapt, developing differentiated business models and generating excellent returns. This disparity indicates that the chemical industry has become a territory of extremes. Article Monday, December 19, 2016.

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

The European recycling landscape—the quiet before the storm?

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsBefore plastics recycling in Europe can scale up, the industry needs to overcome sizable obstacles. Our survey helps illustrate what companies can do to achieve their aspirations.

Accelerating plastic recovery in the United States

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsPlastic waste is a critical issue of our time. Effecting change will require an integrated approach.

The 21st-century cement plant: Greener and more connected

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsThe cement plant of the future will embrace digitization and sustainability trends to earn a competitive advantage and build resilience.

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. Those willing to step up their strategic ambitions and build up their organization can pursue a variety of profitable opportunities. Article

How to capture savings from the oil-price drop and bolster profits—quickly

McKinsey

As the economy weakens, savings on oil-based raw materials offer a lifeline to chemical companies. Chemicals InsightsNew digital procurement tools can help capture that impact more quickly.

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