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8 November 2012

Private equity investors turn on to US manufacturing sectorp

A significant portion of US private equity firms plan to invest in the manufacturing sector over next 12 months, driven by the rebound in the US auto industry and optimism in the housing sector, a new report has suggested.

22 August 2012

Brakes on for auto M&A as Europe’s struggles continuep

Global automotive industry M&A activity slowed during the first half of 2012. Some 264 deals closed with a disclosed value of $10.6bn, reflecting a sizeable decline compared to H1 2011, which totaled 303 deals worth $18.8bn

26 June 2012

Buyouts behind boom in industrial deal-makingp

The post-crisis recovery in economic growth saw a revival in industrials & chemicals deal-making, which peaked in 2011, with 2,692 deals accruing $354.7bn.

1 September 2011

Private equity boosts pharma, biotech M&Ap

M&A activity in pharma and biotech markets picked up significantly during the first half of 2011, according to a recent report by HBM Partners. Transaction values from biopharma trade sales reached an impressive $51.6bn, compared to $67bn for the whole of last year.

27 July 2006

Production restructuring in pharmaceutical companies to propel fine chemicals market in North Americap

The increasing focus of pharmaceutical companies on research and development as well as their reduced emphasis on captive manufacturing are driving the fine chemicals market in North America. Fine chemicals suppliers offer products at lower costs, reduce marketing time, as well as enable pharma companies to focus on their core competencies and employ beneficial reorganization processes.

17 June 2004

So where’s the exit? A survey of private equity investments and divestments in the European chemicals sectorp

Despite the substantial amount of private equity that has been invested in European chemicals companies in recent years, the industry remains divided as to the long-term appeal of the sector. Only 22 out of 94 major European chemicals investments in the last decade have led to a successful exit. But the tide may now be turning, according to research produced by Ernst & Young.

24 September 2003

Plastics processing industry – what is driving its consolidation?p

The US plastics industry currently accounts for more than $320bn in annual sales, has approximately 21,000 participants and employs more than 1.5m people. Yet it is also in the early stages of consolidation. RW Baird provides an overview of the factors that are driving consolidation and mergers and acquisitions activity in the marketplace.

24 August 2001

Using plants as plantsp

Biotechnology will transform the production of chemicals according to this article from the McKinsey Quarterly. Despite the substantial risk involved, chemical companies should not give up on biotech just yet.


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