• Industry: Energy & Natural Resources
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 7/24/2015

Reaction Magazine: 17th Edition 

In this edition, we bring you a focus on the US chemical industry, including what the recent fall in the oil price means for the shale boom, as well as how activist investor pressure is affecting business strategy in many companies across the industry. We also take a look at talent management, an item which seems to be one of the top three issues for many executives in the industry.
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The KPMG perspective


A number of upside and downside risks remain for US chemical companies. Overcapacity in the next few years has the potential to become a significant issue. Companies should be proactive in developing a stronger market presence, end-to-end supply chains and business partnerships in emerging economies to help absorb rising production as new US plants come online.


Companies should also keep a close eye on domestic markets, such as construction and automotive, where growth remains positive but still in flux. Other risks include increased competition from emerging markets, a slowdown in the global economy, uncertainty about trade agreements, regulatory pressure and investor activists more focused on short-term gains than a company’s sustainability.


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Nick Van Niekerk
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Oil & Gas

KPMG's Africa Oil & Gas practice provides our member firms' clients with services on a global basis through industry professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by oil and gas companies.