Steady as she goes for speciality producers

C&I Issue 20, 2008

Pre-tax performance for all the set of speciality producers has remained relatively steady for most players, indicating a good resistance to prevailing economic conditions. It will be interesting to see if the speciality producers can achieve a significant improvement in performance when the economy in the US and Europe improves, as will certainly be the case with the bulk petrochemicals producers, or if this same steady performance will continue. For example, are speciality chemical producers largely unaffected by economic conditions?


Clariant appears to be getting back on track after its loss on continuing operations in 4Q 2007, but as the company is continuing with a programme of measures to improve operational performance, it will take several more quarters to see how these measures are affecting performance. In general, at the present time the US-based speciality producers are out-performing the European ones.


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