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

– As the economy weakens, savings on oil-based raw materials offer a lifeline to chemical companies. New digital procurement tools can help capture that impact more quickly.
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Laying the foundation for zero-carbon cement

– The cement industry is a top source of CO2 emissions, but abatement pressures could prompt efforts to reimagine the... business.
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COVID-19: Implications for business

– Our latest perspectives on the coronavirus outbreak, the twin threats to lives and livelihoods, and how organizations can prepare... for the next normal.
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Plastics recycling: Using an economic-feasibility lens to select the next moves

– The Plastics Recovery and Reuse model helps identify the most effective moves to boost plastics recycling, using analysis of... fully integrated economics across the value chain.
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India’s chemical industry: Unleashing the next wave of growth

– The chemical industry in India is positioned to capitalize on near-term opportunities. How private players map their priorities... could shape the future of the industry and contribute to trade performance.

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

– Direct commercial interfaces—or digital platforms—are increasingly preferred by B2B buyers. Chemical companies that... hope to win in this space must move fast.
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The M&A wave in chemicals: Bigger, faster, and more specialized

– Long-term trends make M&A in the chemicals sector both a vehicle for growth and a play for safety.
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Artificial intelligence helps cut emissions and costs in cement plants

– AI can help optimize energy consumption and throughput of cement kilns and mills by improving equipment productivity in view of... rising environmental concerns and CO2 costs.

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Chemicals manufacturing 2030+: More of the same…but different

– A decade from now, chemicals plants may look similar from the outside. But the inside will be very different.
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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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 - McKinsey Quarterly

Taming manufacturing complexity with advanced analytics

– A chemical maker uses advanced analytical techniques to identify—and seize—opportunities across its value chain. Better... collaboration is a side benefit.
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Bringing discipline to your sustainability initiatives

– Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can possibly manage. Here’s how to get them under control.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

When big data goes lean

– The combination of advanced analytics and lean management could be worth tens of billions of dollars in higher earnings for large... manufacturers. A few leading companies are showing the way.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Tilting the global balance: An interview with the CEO of Solvay

– The Belgian company is reshaping its portfolio to focus harder on fast-growing markets.
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The path to improved returns in materials commercialization

– Six failure modes bedevil chemical companies when it comes to commercialization of new products and materials. Companies that... deploy the right capabilities can dramatically speed up times to launch and to achieving meaningful revenues.
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