Our Insights

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Fighting commoditization in chemicals with a better commercial model

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

FEATURED PUBLICATION

McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 6

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

FOOD & AGRICULTURE

Article

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.
Article

Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

– Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.
Article

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

– How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain social stability?

Want to learn more about how we help clients in Chemicals?

More insights

Video

How an oil and gas giant outmaneuvered low oil prices

– Italian oil and gas company Eni has transformed under a leader determined to reduce costs without cutting jobs—instead including... employees in the turnaround mission.
Article

Finding the right digital balance in B2B customer experience

– Growing numbers of B2B companies are focusing on digitization to succeed with customer-centric strategies. Here’s how to... get it right.
Article

Demystifying digital marketing and sales in the chemical industry

– 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.
Article

Commoditization in chemicals: Time for a marketing and sales response

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

Pursuing purchasing excellence in chemicals

– While chemical companies recognize the importance of strong purchasing capabilities, few have transformed the function into a... source of strategic advantage. Here’s how they can.
Article

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

– Increased rigor in managing smaller chemical projects can help capture significant untapped value.
Article

The turnaround at Clariant: An interview with Hariolf Kottmann

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

Solving the puzzle of India’s petrochemical-intermediates shortfall

– The country’s upstream petrochemical and downstream specialties industries are expanding healthily. But a combination of... moves will be needed to meet India’s fast-growing demand for petrochemical intermediates.
Article

The nimble prosper: Dynamic resource allocation in chemicals

– Crafting a strategic road map and responding rapidly to external shocks are critical for superior value creation in chemicals.
Article

Chemicals and capital markets: Still going strong

– The chemical industry continues to ride high in capital markets. Our latest capital-markets update suggests that a number of the... key value-driving trends remain in place.
Interview

How Dow reinvented itself

– CEO Andrew N. Liveris discusses his company’s evolution and how engaging the customer chain and embracing technology drives... growth and innovation.

Connect with our Chemicals Practice