The annual Soaps and Detergents feature will assess the outlook for the category, with an emphasis on the impact consumer trends are having on formulations and buying patterns. The feature will also discuss developments in raw materials, ingredient disclosure, and product stewardship.
The issue is distributed at the American Cleaning Institute’s annual meeting in Orlando, along with two CW-produced show dailies featuring interviews with industry executives and up-to-the-minute coverage of the meeting’s themes.
The market for water treatment chemicals continues to be driven by demand for water for institutional uses as well as more stringent environmental regulations. Chemical Week will discuss how major suppliers are capitalizing on this growth by improving plant economics and optimization and addressing compliance issues. CW will also examine ongoing consolidation in the multi-billion global water treatment market.
Analysis on how digitalization is changing the way the chemical distribution sector operates, forcing distributors to reassess their business models and their relationships with suppliers and customers. The potential benefits of digitalization are significant and that they have no choice but to adapt.
This feature will examine the latest trends in chemical marine logistics, including the tank storage sector. It will also take a broader look at developments at the major chemical ports as petrochemical producers continue to boost capacity in the United States. Houston and other Gulf Coast ports and terminals, as well as locations on the US East and West Coasts, are angling for a share of the increased business. Meanwhile, ports in other regions are preparing to receive imports from the new US plants.
This feature will examine how the Fine & Specialty chemicals segment is changing, with a focus on some of the sectors that are facing a challenging environment, and those sectors that are experiencing a greater level of growth. Consolidation in the industry will also be addressed, together with the changing regulatory landscape.
This feature will highlight the main trends in the global chemical distribution sector, including M&A activities, outsourcing, and organic growth strategies. CW will assess current conditions and the long-term outlook, as the sector continues to grow faster than the overall chemical market.
The feature will assess current conditions in industrial gases markets, including the impact on ongoing consolidation. A global manufacturing rebound has helped volumes and project backlog is strong. The segment remains profitable but has kept a focus on tight cost control to maintain or improve margin and producers have looked to M&A help boost profit growth.
Semiconductor sales growth is expected to remain relatively subdued, although the outlook for chemical suppliers is brighter. At the most advanced nodes, chipmakers are looking to chemistry to solve cost and technical challenges associated with building and operating latest-generation fabs. Legacy nodes are poised for higher growth as the Internet of Things (IoT)—the term used to describe increasing connectivity among everyday objects—becomes a reality.
This feature will assess the state of the responsible care initiative: enhancements to product and process safety, how to engage with external parties (including key retailers) on chemical management, etc.
The Responsible Care issue will have inclusion in a Harvey AdQ Research Study which assesses ad effectiveness, measuring ad recall and ad readership.
This feature story will concentrate on pharmaceutical ingredients. It will examine key issues for custom manufacturers, their relationships with big pharma, the growth of generics, biosimilars, the continuing trend in onshoring, and the regulatory environment.
The feature will focus on current trends in the industry as well as outlook for the space. M&A has been a prevalent trend in distribution in the last several years and many experts expect the consolidation trend to continue, so a large portion of the feature will touch on that. How long is the consolidation trend expected to last? The feature will also assess the competitive landscape with a focus on the North American market as the industry prepares for NACD.
This feature will asses the global economic uncertainty, aggressive US trade policy, and the growing furor surrounding the sustainability of plastics.