Commoditization in chemicals: Time for a marketing and sales response
Most chemical companies are grappling with increasing commoditization. Rethinking the commercial operating model can help protect margins.
Pursuing purchasing excellence in chemicals
While chemical companies recognize the importance of strong purchasing capabilities, few have transformed the function into a source of strategic advantage. Here’s how they can.
Small equals big: Unlocking savings in small to midsize capital-project portfolios in...
Increased rigor in managing smaller chemical projects can help capture significant untapped value.
The nimble prosper: Dynamic resource allocation in chemicals
Crafting a strategic road map and responding rapidly to external shocks are critical for superior value creation in chemicals.
Technologies that could transform how industries use energy
Our new report details 33 technologies to improve energy efficiency—and your bottom line.
Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness
Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.
How Dow reinvented itself
CEO Andrew N. Liveris discusses his company’s evolution and how engaging the customer chain and embracing technology drives growth and innovation.
Oil-price shocks and the chemical industry
The outlook for oil prices is highly unstable. Chemical companies need to build new organizational capabilities.
How to build food security and nourish growth
How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain...
When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry
The region’s producers are entering a world of limited new gas supply. To continue to grow at home and remain competitive, big changes will be required.
Bringing lean thinking to energy
Beset by rising costs, resource-intensive manufacturers are applying lean-management thinking in new ways to reduce the amount of energy used in production, to increase resource productivity—or both.
Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies
In 20 years, almost half of the world’s countries could depend on their resource endowments for growth. These economies have a huge opportunity to transform their prospects, and a new model could...
Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets
A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute says that commodities may be off recent peaks, but the resource "supercycle" isn’t dead. Prices still reflect emerging-market demand, a challenging...
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...
Resource revolution: Meeting the world’s energy, materials, food, and water needs
A complete rethink of resource management—a resource revolution—will be needed to keep pace with soaring demand for energy, water, food, and basic materials as up to three billion new consumers...