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Episode 35

Developments in Lithium and Battery Materials

Nell Agate Tsui and Luke Bednarksi from the Global Battery Materials team at IHS Markit discuss the important role lithium plays in the electric vehicle market, supply-demand dynamics, and technology developments, with CW's Vincent Valk. To learn more about the monthly research service, visit IHS Markit's lithium and battery materials website.

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Episode 34

Trade wars reignite

Socma's Robert Helminiak and Matt Moedritzer join the podcast to discuss the latest developments in the escalating trade spat between the US and China. To learn more about the tariff exclusion process, visit the US Trade Representative's website or check out Socma's webinar.

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Episode 33

Genomatica & biobased chemicals

Damien Perriman, senior vice president/specialty chemicals at Genomatica, discusses the company's technology, and the role of biochemicals within the circular economy and the specialty chemicals industry.

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Episode 32

First-quarter earnings in Europe

IHS Markit VP Lyn Tattum and CW's Ian Young discuss first-quarter earnings, with a focus on Europe. Both Chemical Week and IHS Markit's Company Strategies and Performance provide in-depth coverage of quarterly earnings trends.

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Episode 31

Solvay's circular economy

Isabelle Gubelmann-Bonneau, senior vice president and circular economy head at Solvay, chats with CW about the circular economy in specialty chemicals and Solvay's initiatives in that area.

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Episode 30

AI's role in pharma

Brendan Allgood, chief technology officer of AI-driven drug discovery firm Numerate, chats with CW's Vincent Valk about AI's role in pharma and pharma ingredients, including how AI can complement chemistry and what AI can't do. Live from CPhI North America in Chicago.

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Episode 29

Battery materials outlook

Stefan Schlag of IHS Markit chats with CW about the outlook for battery materials, including lithium supply ramp-ups, issues with cobalt supply, and confidence in aggressive demand growth forecasts for lithium-ion batteries.

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Episode 28

Equate Petrochemical

Equate Petrochemical CEO Ramesh Ramachandran talks with CW about the company's growth and investment plans, as well as its' outlook for the coming year. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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Episode 27

ACC's Cal Dooley

ACC president Cal Dooley chats with CW about the industry's sustainability efforts and regulatory priorities for 2019. Live from the World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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Episode 26

Feedstocks outlook

IHS Markit's Kurt Barrow chats with CW about the outlook for petrochemical feedstocks, and other refining-related topics. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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Episode 25

Sasol ramps up

Sasol's Steve Cornell chats with CW about the ramp-up of the company's massive petchems project at Lake Charles, Louisiana, and whether market sentiment has stabilized in early 2019. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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Episode 24

China Outbound M&A

IHS Markit VP Roger Green chats with CW about China's outbound acquisition efforts, a key part of the country's downstream push. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in Houston.

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Episode 23

Interview with Bob Patel at WPC 2019

Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell, chats with CW about the outlook for petrochemicals and the company's sustainability and plastics waste efforts. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.

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Episode 22

WPC 2019 recap

CW editors discuss key takeaways from the 2019 IHS Markit World Petrochemical Conference, including sustainability issues, the role of geopolitics in industry, and a shift in the outlook.

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Episode 21

Global macroeconomic outlook

Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist at IHS Markit, discusses the global macroeconomic outlook, including the causes of the Chinese slowdown, geopolitical risks, and what could prevent a recession.

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Episode 20

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Combating plastics waste

CW's Vincent Valk chats with Jim Seward, vice president of sustainability and technology with LyondellBasell, about the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (of which LyondellBasell is a founding member) and the global challenge of fighting plastic waste.

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Episode 19

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Research and innovation at FMC

CW's Vincent Valk talks to Kathy Shelton, chief technology officer at FMC, about her career and how the R&D process works at FMC.

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Episode 18

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2019 Outlook

CW editors Vincent Valk and Rob Westervelt chat about the industry's outlook for 2019. Political and economic uncertainty, slowing growth in China, and plastics waste are expected to be key themes in a year that already looks set for turmoil.

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Episode 17

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Chemicals and Investors

CW's Vincent Valk chats with Mike Sison of KeyBanc about a volatile year on Wall Street and what it means for chemical-industry equities in 2019.

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Episode 16

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Succession planning

CW's Vincent Valk chats with Keith Arnold, CEO of MFG Chemical, and Paul Turgeon, board member at MFG, about succession planning and the challenges of growing a small business.

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Episode 15

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2018 Third-quarter earnings preview

CW editors Rob Westervelt and Vincent Valk chat about the outlook for 2018's third-quarter earnings amid raw-material cost inflation and a recent stock-market swoon.

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Episode 14

EPI shortage hits epoxy markets

Chemweek's Vincent Valk chats with Eric Linak, director for coatings and resins at IHS Markit Chemical, about a shortage in epichlorohydrin (EPI) and its' impact on epoxy markets.

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Episode 13

Trade war and specialty chemicals

Chemical Week's Vincent Valk discusses tariffs, China, and the potential impact of a trade war with Robert Helminiak,vice president of legal and government relations with specialty chemicals association SOCMA.

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Episode 12

What's next for M&A

CW's Vincent Valk discusses a white-hot chemicals M&A market with Roger Green of IHS Markit.

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Episode 11

ACC's mid-year outlook

CW Senior Editor Vincent Valk chats with Kevin Swift, chief economist at the American Chemistry Council, about the group's mid-year situation and outlook.

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Episode 10

AkzoNobel's Imagine Chemistry Challenge

CW Senior Editor Vincent Valk chats with Peter Nieuwenhuizen, chief technology officer at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, about the company's Imagine Chemistry challenge and open innovation in the chemical industry. Live from the Imagine Chemistry 2018 finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Episode 9

Frank Bergonzi of Azelis Americas

CW editor-in-chief Rob Westervelt chats with Frank Bergonzi, president of Azelis Americas, about the company's growth strategy, consolidation, and why suppliers are pushing more business to chemicals distribution.

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Episode 8

First-quarter earnings preview

In our latest podcast, CW editors Rob Westervelt and Vincent Valk chat about what to expect for first-quarter earnings season.

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Episode 7

WPC 2018: Bob Patel

Chemical Week editor-in-chief Rob Westervelt chats with LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, live from last month's World Petrochemical Conference in Houston.

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Episode 6

WPC 2018: Jim Fitterling & the Future of Dow

CW Editor-in-Chief Rob Westervelt interviews Jim Fitterling, COO of DowDuPont's materials science division and future CEO of Dow Chemical. Live from the 2018 World Petrochemical Conference in Houston.

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Episode 5

WPC 2018: Global Economic Situation

CW Senior Editor Vincent Valk chats with IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh about the global economy, live from the World Petrochemical Conference in Houston.

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Episode 4

2018 World Petrochemicals Conference Preview

CW editors Vincent Valk, Rob Westervelt and Clay Boswell discuss what to expect at this year’s World Petrochemical Conference, which gets underway in Houston next week (March 19-March 23, 2018).

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Episode 3

Digitization in chemicals

CW Senior Editor Vincent Valk chats with SpecialChem founder and CEO Christophe Cabarry about digitization in chemicals.

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Episode 2

Remembering Jon Huntsman

In this latest podcast, CW editor-in-chief Rob Westervelt shares some personal recollections of a true industry pioneer.

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Episode 1

2018 Outlook

Chemical Week editors Vincent Valk and Rob Westervelt chat about the industry's mostly-positive outlook for 2018. Key topics include the macro environment, ongoing consolidation in the industry, and predictions for 2018.

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