Accenture Chemicals, Metals and Mining Blog – Insights and Trends
Accenture experts share insights and opinions on trends in the chemicals, metals and mining industries.
 
 
The water problemOne of the “megatrends” impacting the chemicals, metals and mining industries is the increasing need to manage limited water resources. Growing populations, and as noted in a prior blog1, greater affluence increases demand for agr...
 
 
 
 
The high oil-to-gas price ratio has brought an enormous amount of chemicals and other industrial investment in North America.  However, in all this momentum, chemicals manufacturers should not miss the chance to take advantage of technology and im...
 
 
 
 
Mexico is going through unprecedented changes which represent significant opportunities for chemical, metal and mineral companies relating to both production and consuming markets. High growth consuming markets for chemicals and materialsThe impl...
 
 
 
 
In the global steel industry, there is growing cause for optimism, as we continue to edge away from the recession. There are a number of factors that are leading to improved conditions for steel companies—but there are also several lingering, fund...
 
 
 
 
Unpredictable forces, unpredictable businessBy 2013, natural disasters have increased by almost 2.25 times the level of 1980 (see Figure 11), mostly driven by severe weather.2 Although climate cycles can be cyclical, in recent years they have ha...
 
 
 
 
There are changes happening in manufacturing economies that are having ripple-through effects to everyone participating in the supply chain, from consumer goods manufacturers to chemical, metals and mining companies. Declining workforcesThere h...
 
 
 
 
Megatrends are driving value opportunities in chemicals and associated/downstream industries. As mentioned in a previous blog covering chemicals & natural resources, we identified various megatrends relevant to the materials industry, includin...
 
 
 
Published: Oct-25-13
 
Megatrends represent major, underlying shifts occurring in society, the environment, technology, manufacturing and resources. They can have a profound impact on the amount and types of future products and services needed. Leading companies in cons...
 
 
 
 
Since 2008/09, it became apparent that the petrochemical supply landscape would be changing worldwide based on evolving feedstocks and technology, with the most significant factors including: Shale gas in North America (NA) - The use of uncon...
 
 
 
 
Various studies indicate that feeding the world in the next few decades will strain resources, calculating to 1.7 - 2.0 “Earths” being needed to feed the planet in 2030. Some other astonishing facts affecting the food supply chain include: Need...
 
 
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About the Authors
Paul Bjacek

Paul Bjacek is the research lead for Accenture Chemicals and Natural Resources. He has more than 20 years of experience in the process industrie...

 
Karin Walczyk

Karin Walczyk is the Global Resources Innovation Research Lead and Chemicals Research Manager. She has over 15 years of research experience focu...

 
Jean-Paul Masso

Jean-Paul Masso is a senior manager in Accenture’s Chemicals and Natural Resources industry group. He has an extensive background in supply chai...

 
John E. Lichtenstein

John E. Lichtenstein is the Managing Director of the Accenture Metals industry group. He has more than 20 years of experience as an industry exe...

 
Khayyam Jahangir

Khayyam Jahangir is the research lead for Accenture’s Metals group. He has experience of both the carbon and stainless steel industries. Prior t...

 
David A. Rossi

David A. Rossi is the managing director of Accenture’s Chemical & Natural Resources Management Consulting practice and the leader of the Nor...

 
Segran Pillay

Segran Pillay is the research lead for Accenture’s Mining group. He has experience in many industries, including water, mining and power. Prior ...

 
Candelaria Alarcon

Candelaria Alarcon is part of the UKI CNR Leadership team working mainly with Metals and Chemicals clients. She is involved mainly in ERP enable...

 
Frank Rennekamp

Frank Rennekamp is the global lead of Accenture chemicals practice, focused on bringing industry-relevant business and technology services and s...

 
 
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