Volume 90 Issue 31 | pp. 15-18
Issue Date: July 30, 2012

Cover Story

C&EN’s Global Top 50 Chemical Firms

The 50 largest chemical companies in the world are chugging along, even if the global economy is not
Department: Business
Keywords: Top 50, economy, M&A, mergers, acquisitions, Japan, fertilizers, developing world

Despite a lot of economic uncertainty, nearly all the measures of chemical industry performance are on the rise, according to C&EN’s latest survey of the Global Top 50 chemical companies. Sales are up, profits have increased, and profit margins are approaching record levels.

The relative positions of the companies that make the ranking haven’t changed much. Nearly all the names are familiar, and the few shifts are hardly surprising. On the rise are companies from . . .

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