Volume 95 Issue 2 | pp. 26-33
Issue Date: January 9, 2017

Cover Story

World chemical outlook 2017

By Business Department
Department: Business
Keywords: business, economy, chemical industry, world chemical outlook, 2017

Business people are by nature optimists, and that was true a year ago when companies and economists forecast a buoyant 2016 for the global chemical economy. In the end, however, business didn’t live up to expectations. U.S. chemical production rose a sluggish 1.6%, and European output didn’t grow at all. Overall economic growth slowed in China and India. Perhaps chastened, the Europeans have lowered their outlook for 2017. But in the U.S. and Asia, industry . . .

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