U.S. Chemical Process Industries: Catching the Capital Spending Wave

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. EDT

Duration: 60 Minutes

This webinar examines the current status of the U.S. chemical industry as well as its outlook over the next several years. We will start with examination of the economic environment, with emphasis on housing, light vehicles and other important end-use markets. We will then focus on: 1) basic chemicals and synthetic materials; and 2) specialty chemicals.

The outlook of former represents a supply driven gain, made possible by a renewed competitive advantage from shale development. A synchronous global upswing is also contributing to growth in that segment. Gains in specialty chemicals are largely demand driven gain and reflect the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, in addition to the expanding economies of our global trading partners.

Of particular interest to those in process engineering and chemical company capital programs we will assess the unprecedented wave of capital spending (and capacity expansion) by segment, by asset, and by geography.

What you will learn: 
  • The current status and outlook for the U.S. economy
  • The current status and outlook for the U.S. chemical industry and where opportunities lie within specialty chemicals and basic chemicals and synthetic materials
  • The current status of the wave of U.S. chemical industry capital spending

Who should attend:
  • Process design engineers
  • Plant managers
  • Product managers and decision-makers
  • Market, planning and other analysts

Hear from this experts:

Martha Gilchrist Moore 
Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics 
American Chemistry Council 

Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas. She also directs the Council's research on the direct and indirect economic contributions of the business of chemistry and the benefits to consumers. Ms. Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than 20 years and is an authority on the market dynamics for the chemical industry and its end-use customer industries. Ms. Moore holds a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the US Association for Energy Economics.


Scott Jenkins
Senior Editor 
Chemical Engineering magazine 
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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