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The specialty chemicals operations of major US players remained relatively resilient during the downturn compared to their other business lines. The 2005-09 period also witnessed a considerable rise in consolidation activities among US companies. Some players are focused on backward integration of operations whilst others are aiming to offload non-core franchises. Consolidation is in part prompted by fluctuations in raw material prices and rising competitiveness in the global marketplace.

The report profiles major US players in the specialty chemical segment and elucidates trends associated with these companies, and insights into the opportunities and threats facing them.. This report provides detailed profiles of ten leading US specialty chemicals companies, containing descriptions of business, financial performance, growth strategies and SWOT analysis.

Key features of this report

  • Key drivers and resistors to growth of leading US specialty chemicals companies.
  • Common industry characteristics in strategies and performance of US specialty chemicals companies.
  • Analysis of financial performance and growth strategies of leading specialty chemicals companies during 2005–09.
  • Overview of specialty chemicals product portfolios of leading companies.
  • SWOT analysis of the leading US specialty chemicals companies.

Scope of this report

  • Learn from the strategies of US specialty chemicals companies to target future growth markets effectively, avoid their mistakes, replicate their successes and learn of the threats they face.
  • Benchmark your performance against the leading US specialty chemicals companies by understanding their strategies.
  • Measure the resistance of specialty chemicals operations of US companies during the economic downturn.
  • Compare performances of specialty and non-specialty chemicals operations of US companies during the recent global recession.
  • Save time, money and resources on analyzing the performance of leading specialty chemicals companies using this report.

Key Market Issues

  • Raw material price fluctuations: Review of the 2005-09 period indicates that profits of specialty chemicals operations of leading US players are influenced by fluctuations in raw material prices. Fall in prices during the economic downturn had considerable effects on operating margins of US players.
  • Fall in demand during downturn: Fall in demand considerably suppressed operating income of US companies in 2009. However, prompt restructuring activities enabled several companies to maintain steady levels of operating margin.
  • Relative resistance of specialty chemicals operations: Business Insights observes that the impact was less profound when compared to non-specialty chemicals. The contribution of specialty chemicals to the decline in consolidated revenues was relatively modest. Our in house developed Revenue Growth Index clearly differentiates the performance of specialty and non-specialty operations of US players.
  • Consolidation: US players are focused on consolidating their position in the global specialty chemicals market through backward integration and shifting attention to core franchises. Rohm and Hass was acquired by Dow Chemicals while Hercules was taken over by Ashland.

Key findings from this report

  • The 10 leading US companies generated $13.3bn sales in 2009, accounting for 4.6% of the $288bn global specialty chemicals market.
  • Huntsman was the largest US specialty chemicals company with $3.8bn sales in 2009.
  • US specialty chemicals companies were not insulated from the fall in volume sales experienced by the global chemicals industry due to the economic downturn. The majority of these players were affected by the fall in industrial input costs as was observed in their selling prices.
  • Business Insights’ Revenue growth index indicates that during the downturn, specialty chemicals businesses of US players performed better than their non-specialty operations.

Key questions answered

  • What was the market size of the global specialty chemicals industry by value in 2009?
  • What will be the market size of the global specialty chemicals industry during 2010-14?
  • What are the key trends observed in the US specialty chemicals companies and strategic responses that are taking shape?
  • Who are the major US players in the global specialty chemicals market?
  • What are the growth strategies of the leading 10 companies?
  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the top 10 players?

Key features of this report

  • Highlight some of the key technologies for imaging biomarker development in different research or clinical settings, as well as pivotal technology developments.
  • Analysis of the potential for using these technologies to improve drug discovery and clinical trials. The different organizational structures within pharmaceutical companies are discussed.
  • Analysis of imaging biomarkers currently used in clinical practice as well as the future of imaging biomarkers in this setting.
  • Case studies of individual imaging biomarkers and the companies or research collaborations responsible for their development.

Scope of this report

  • Identify key technologies for development of imaging biomarkers to assist in biomarker discovery and development
  • Identify the relevance of imaging biomarkers to drug discovery and development and the different organization structures being adopted by pharmaceutical companies to the implement them
  • Learn about the important efforts of public-private consortia that are working to develop new imaging biomarkers, qualify existing imaging biomarkers and develop standards and clarify qualification processes
  • Understand the potential for imaging biomarkers to improve diagnostic processes, enabling earlier disease identification and promoting preventive medicine
  • Discover the potential of imaging biomarkers for improving decision making and terminating unsuitable drug projects at an early stage, as well as reducing costs in clinical care

Key Market Issues

  • Improvements to the drug discovery and development process are needed urgently: Imaging biomarkers can be applied across the spectrum of drug discovery and development activities for validating targets, confirming mechanism of action, obtaining early indicators of bioactivity, assessing pharmacokinetic profiles, providing prognostic indicators and supporting regulatory filings and will help to improve decision making and success rates.
  • Improved, non-invasive clinical diagnostic tools are required to help reduce the rising costs of health care: Currently around 95% of healthcare costs go towards treatment rather than prevention. However, if more money was spent on effective prevention the economic benefit could be considerable. Imaging biomarkers may provide diagnostic tools that identify diseases earlier in their pathology, enabling preventive measures to be taken.
  • The development of imaging biomarkers relies on quantitative methods: whilst some imaging modalities are quantitative already, such as PET, others require specialist software or must be developed to incorporate quantification. Imaging technology developers are actively working in this field.
  • The development, validation and qualification of imaging biomarkers is a large task: collaborative efforts that involve all stakeholders will be required if the full potential of imaging biomarkers in clinical medicine is to be realized.

Key findings from this report

  • Imaging biomarkers are attractive: and are now widely used in drug discovery development and in clinical care. Imaging biomarkers provide non-invasive approaches that are translatable from the laboratory to the clinic and allow researchers and clinicians to see in great detail how drugs are behaving in vivo.
  • Image quantification is improving: Nuclear imaging methods – PET and SPECT – are some of the most important to the field of imaging biomarkers because they have the required sensitivity and are potentially quantitative. The development of new molecular imaging probes is a growing and exciting area. MRI has limitations in terms of sensitivity as opposed to nuclear methods, although the methods are often non-proprietary and more MRI scanners are available in clinical practice. Sensitive contrast agents for MRI need to be very sophisticated. Future improvements in sensitivity, computer aided diagnostics and standardization will improve the potential for imaging biomarkers.
  • Small animal imaging is a rapidly growing area in the preclinical development of new pharmaceuticals. Instrumentation to allow CT, PET, SPECT, MRI, ultrasound or optical imaging of small animals is available from a large number of suppliers and the largest pharma companies are actively developing their capabilities in this area. Some large pharma companies have also invested in dedicated clinical imaging centers, while others have chosen to outsource to specialist academic centers.
  • In the clinical setting, MRI represents the most highly utilized technology and includes the diversity of methods available under the MRI banner, such as MRS, DCE-MRI, diffusion weighted MRI, fMRI and arterial spin labeling. The wide availability of MRI machines in hospital settings and imaging centers also makes this an attractive technique for biomarker detection. The use of nuclear imaging methods, such as PET and SPECT, is growing. This is catalyzed by the growing availability of targeted ligands that highlight particular pathways or metabolic events.

Key questions answered

  • What has driven the increasing interest in imaging biomarkers in recent years?
  • Which imaging modalities are at the forefront of the effort to develop and utilize imaging biomarkers for clinical practice now and in the future?
  • To what extent can imaging biomarkers improve drug development? At which points should they be utilized and how?
  • What is the role of public-private consortia in driving the discovery of methods and biomarkers? What is the membership of these consortia, what are their goals and how much have they achieved to date?
  • What improvements in the provision of imaging services are required to enable the future use of imaging biomarkers? How does this differ in different locations?

Table of Contents

Executive summary 11

Competitive dynamics 11

Huntsman 11

Ashland 11

Chemtura 12

Rockwood 12

Albemarle 12

Cabot 13

W. R. Grace 13

Ferro Corporation 13

Cytec Industries 14

Lubrizol 14

Chapter 1 Introduction 15

Introduction 15

Methodology 15

Chapter 2 Competitive dynamics 17

Summary 17

Introduction 17

Defining specialty chemicals 18

Global specialty chemicals market 19

Competitive positioning of major US specialty chemicals companies 20

Trends 22

Drivers and resistors 22

US specialty chemicals demonstrated resilience during recession 22

US chemicals lead pre-recessionary consolidation 23

Slow shift towards natural, renewable raw materials 24

Chapter 3 Huntsman 25

Summary 25

Company overview 25

Recent financial performance 26

Performance by business segments 27

Performance of specialty chemicals business 28

Growth strategies 29

Partnerships and alliances 30

Emerging markets focus 30

SWOT analysis 31

Chapter 4 Ashland 32

Summary 32

Company overview 32

Recent financial performance 33

Performance by business segments 34

Performance of specialty chemicals business 35

Growth strategies 36

Emerging markets focus 37

Acquisitions and divestments 37

SWOT analysis 38

Chapter 5 Chemtura 39

Summary 39

Company overview 39

Recent financial performance 40

Performance by business segments 41

Performance of specialty chemicals business 42

Growth strategies 43

Restructuring operations 43

Partnerships and alliances 44

SWOT analysis 45

Chapter 6 Rockwood 46

Summary 46

Company overview 46

Recent financial performance 47

Performance by business segments 49

Performance of specialty chemicals business 49

Growth strategies 51

New product launches 51

Alliances and partnerships 51

Acquisitions and divestments 52

SWOT analysis 53

Chapter 7 Albemarle 54

Summary 54

Company overview 54

Recent financial performance 55

Performance by business segments 56

Performance of specialty chemicals business 56

Growth strategies 57

New product launches 58

Alliances and acquisitions 58

SWOT analysis 60

Chapter 8 Cabot 61

Summary 61

Company overview 61

Recent financial performance 62

Performance by business segments 64

Performance of specialty chemicals business 65

Growth strategies 66

New product launches 66

Partnerships and alliances 66

SWOT analysis 67

Chapter 9 W. R. Grace 68

Summary 68

Company overview 68

Recent financial performance 69

Performance by business segments 70

Performance of specialty chemicals business 70

Growth strategies 72

SWOT analysis 73

Chapter 10 Ferro Corporation 74

Summary 74

Company overview 74

Recent financial performance 75

Performance by business segments 76

Performance of specialty chemicals business 76

Growth strategies 78

SWOT analysis 79

Chapter 11 Cytec Industries 80

Summary 80

Company overview 80

Recent financial performance 81

Performance by business segments 82

Performance of specialty chemicals business 82

Growth strategies 84

New product launches 84

Acquisitions and divestments 84

SWOT analysis 85

Chapter 12 Lubrizol 86

Summary 86

Company overview 86

Recent financial performance 87

Performance by business segments 88

Performance of specialty chemicals business 88

Growth strategies 89

New product launches 90

SWOT analysis 91

Chapter 13 Other major companies 92

DuPont 92

Company overview 92

Specialty chemicals operations 92

Dow Chemical Company 92

Company overview 92

Specialty chemicals operations 93

Colorcon 93

Company overview 93

Specialty chemicals operations 93

International Specialty Products 93

Company overview 93

Specialty chemicals operations 93

Sensient 94

Company overview 94

Specialty chemicals operations 94

Hexion 94

Company overview 94

Specialty chemicals operations 94

FMC 95

Company overview 95

Specialty chemicals operations 95

Appendix 96

Definitions 96

Abbreviations 96

Index 97

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