M&A activity has significantly shaped the chemical industry landscape in the recent past, and it will continue to do so. Chemicals companies are constantly in quest of growth in an industry that offers ever-fewer and ever-smaller attractive growth segments and where incumbents face greater competition from upstarts in developing markets.
Companies will need to execute strategic transactions in order to quickly enter into and occupy new market segments that enable bursts of growth, rather than opting for organic growth in a given market. M&A will remain a strategic instrument in the industry; however, chemicals players need to make it an integral part of their business strategy. To succeed in this environment, they must build the right capabilities along the full M&A life cycle and move toward the largely unknown territory of cross-regional deals.