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The European recycling landscape—the quiet before the storm?

– Before plastics recycling in Europe can scale up, the industry needs to overcome sizable obstacles. Our survey helps illustrate what companies can do to achieve their aspirations.

Tech-enabled asset productivity in chemicals and agriculture

– Selecting the right combination of traditional and tech-enabled maintenance and reliability solutions is critical to delivering... improved performance and higher operating margins.
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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.

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.

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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End-to-end digital transformations for chemical companies

– Digital technologies disrupt old ways of working but also reveal opportunities to improve. Chemical companies can capture value... by digitizing the entirety of their value chains.

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.

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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How the Iowa derecho has affected 2020 crops

– An estimated 3.1 million to 3.8 million acres of corn and soybeans have been damaged.

Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19

– The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working. Organizations must reimagine their work and the role of offices in... creating safe, productive, and enjoyable jobs and lives for employees.
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Reimagining the post-pandemic organization

– The organization of the future is taking shape in the moves that companies are making now. Here’s what’s changing—and why some... companies say they won’t go back.

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.

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.

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.

Accelerating plastic recovery in the United States

– Plastic waste is a critical issue of our time. Effecting change will require an integrated approach.

How advanced analytics can optimize tail spend for raw materials

– Chemical companies can extract large savings from parts of their procurement budget that are undermanaged. A four-step approach... shows how.

Chemicals in capital markets: Temporary setbacks or new disruptive trends?

– The global chemical industry is no stranger to setbacks in capital markets performance. A snapshot of recent trends may show the... industry entering new territory.

Chemicals and capital markets: Searching for a way back to the winner’s podium

– Chemicals have lagged in global capital markets since early 2018. The industry needs a new set of value drivers to win back investors’... interest.

Resilience in chemicals: How to prepare for the next downturn

– Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Here’s what resilient companies did to... outperform their peers.
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