Accenture Chemicals, Metals and Mining Blog – Insights and Trends
Accenture experts share insights and opinions on trends in the chemicals, metals and mining industries.
 
 
With all the dire news on Europe’s economic prospects and the region’s lack of competitive energy resources, some European chemicals producers are lamenting their fate, while others are actively searching for and harnessing value opportunities. ...
 
 
 
 
The rising prominence of information In the past, information technology in itself was not considered a strategic driver in most chemical company business plans. Rather, it was relegated to being a prudent tactical element for continuous business ...
 
 
 
 
Besides the obvious petrochemical investments occurring in North America to take advantage of low cost gas, the rapid development of unconventional energy resources is buoying other industrial markets, representing new demand opportunities for the...
 
 
 
 
After years of successful development in fracking and horizontal drilling, the risk-takers in hydrocarbons have caused a period of unconstrained growth, triggering a “big bang” disruption in the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries. Following th...
 
 
 
 
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...
 
 
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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...

 
Olaf Kreichgauer

Olaf Kreichgauer is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Strategy group. He has deep experience in supply chain management transformations for mul...

 
Edmund Delussey

Ed Delussey is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Chemicals & Natural Resources group and leads its Digital program. In this capacity, he is...

 
Karin Walczyk

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

 
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...

 
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...

 
 
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