The chemical industry faces numerous trends on a global scale that will test the sector and drive new opportunities for growth. New markets, shale gas discoveries, and “Advanced Materials Systems” are among the trends stimulating activity in M&A. The industry is seeing portfolio repositioning as companies take steps to strengthen balance sheets, pursue consolidation strategies, and establish footholds in new markets.
M&A in the chemical industry is a key tactic to address the business needs of globalization, as well as a means to demonstrate strong revenue growth and improving cost efficiencies. Trends indicate that chemical producers will continue to actively manage their business portfolios with a focus on identifying middle market opportunities. Overall, successful M&A players in the chemicals sector will continue to drive value though tactical use of M&A to accomplish corporate goals and strategies.