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

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

Compound growth at MilliporeSigma

– CEO Udit Batra describes what it took to fuse two vibrant R&D organizations, as well as the business value realized from their integration.
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China’s chemical industry: New strategies for a new era

– China looks set to remain the fastest-growing major chemical market, but important changes are under way. To succeed in this next stage of development, players will need to embrace a new set of strategies.
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Critical infrastructure companies and the global cybersecurity threat

– How the energy, mining, and materials industries can meet the unique challenges of protecting themselves in a digital world.
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How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

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

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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 7

– Explores the changing chemicals landscape, capital markets, strategies, mergers & acquisitions, and digital.

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No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

– 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.
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Launching Axalta: An interview with Charlie Shaver

– Charlie 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.
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Building a great data platform

– Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right.
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Chemicals and capital markets: Back at the top

– Early 2018 sees the chemical industry back in position as the top performer in its value chain.
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Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

– Location 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.
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Using advanced analytics to boost productivity and profitability in chemical manufacturing

– Digital holds major promise for chemical companies, and employing advanced analytics in manufacturing presents some of the earliest-accessible... and largest opportunities.
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Managing M&A in chemicals: Meeting the new challenges

– 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.
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Fighting commoditization in chemicals with a better commercial model

– Windfalls on feedstocks and emerging-market growth have masked the margin damage from increasing commoditization.
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Digital in chemicals: From technology to impact

– What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them?
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A game plan for international specialty-chemical companies in China

– To avoid getting left behind in China’s specialty-chemical market, international companies need a new approach.
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What to do when a specialty-chemical business gets commoditized

– 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.
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