The $2 trillion chemicals industry continues to face challenges as it attempts to rebound from its worst year ever in 2009. The drop-off in demand appears to have bottomed out, but the damage has been done. Demand is rising, but in severely depressed levels — in some cases, declining by 40 percent. Most new growth is in Asia; Middle East producers continue to enjoy competitive advantages, while many assets in North America and Europe are severely impaired.

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Chemicals Industry Perspectives for 2013
There are no easy choices for chemicals companies this season. Leading companies are taking a fresh look at their portfolios, their operations, and their strategies in Asia. read more >
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Overall Asset Contribution: Tapping the Hidden Power of the Asset Base in Process Industries
A series of recent interviews conducted by Booz & Company with operations leaders in process industries revealed that while companies focused on optimizing manufacturing and the asset cost base, they overlooked significant real opportunities for long term value (427kb, PDF) >
The Future of Chemicals: An Overview
The global chemical industry is one of the world's largest industrial sectors, generating annual sales of more than €1,800 billion (US$2.5 trillion). This Perspective is the first in a Booz & Company series exploring the state of the chemical industry (313kb, PDF) >
The Future of Chemicals III: The Commoditization of Specialty Chemicals: Managing the Inevitable
A large number of chemical companies have failed to manage and nurture their business models. How well these companies adopt one of three business models will determine success or failure for individual outfits and the industry as a (1.4mb, PDF) >

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Booz & Company has extensive experience with large, international chemical corporations, having acted as an independent senior advisor on corporate strategy, investment portfolio decisions, and operational improvements. We support our clients with a global team possessing deep capability-based expertise in all major chemical industry sectors.

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