Maine Pointe, on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:58 AM
Blake Gasaway, on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 03:11 PM
As shale gas becomes a game-changer for the US chemicals industry it will, in all likelihood, promote growth within the chemicals market. However, the negative side of this change is that it is also slated to become a significant factor in constricting transportation capacity, with shale oil and fracking materials consuming rail cars and tank trucks.
Peter Robinson, on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 04:07 PM
How mature are chemical companies in terms of unlocking the potential of sales and operations planning (S&OP)?
Peter Robinson: Based on my exposure to a number of chemical companies and looking at their inventory profiles (raw material and finished goods), most of them are not at all advanced in S&OP. They are not taking seriously the need for an S&OP process and not getting the end-to-end supply chain involved in operations planning. Ultimately they need a single game plan that all stakeholders buy into so that true discipline may be imposed on what is manufactured. More importantly, the game plan must reflect what they sell: chemical products. Not manufacturing them. That is how working capital and inventory are optimized.