Volume 90 Issue 2 | p. 19
Issue Date: January 9, 2012 | Web Date: January 12, 2012

Cover Stories: World Chemical Outlook 2012

Fine Chemicals: Cautious Optimism Washes Over Sector

Department: Business
Keywords: fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, outsourcing, contract manufacturing

The fine chemicals sector was strong in 2011, with many companies claiming to have rebounded from losses incurred in 2009 and 2010. Producers remain optimistic about 2012 but mix, as usual, a good dose of caution with that optimism in a market that historically experiences sudden ups and downs.

Companies that in the past two years invested in new technologies—ranging from high-potency active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing to finished-dose drug formulation—are counting on their investments . . .

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