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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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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 7

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

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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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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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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.
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Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?

– Chemical companies have been riding high, but the trends that have underpinned that performance are shifting. Companies should... reflect carefully on their strengths as they move into this new territory.
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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.
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