Accenture Chemicals, Metals and Mining Blog – Insights and Trends
Accenture experts share insights and opinions on trends in the chemicals, metals and mining industries.
 
 
Miners have tightened their capital spending as they have become less profitable due to declining ore grades, challenging regulatory hurdles, softening demand and rising in shareholder activism over the past few years. This paradigm shift from ove...
 
 
 
 
Mergers and acquisitions in the global chemicals industry have tumbled from their highs of the 2007-2009 period, jolted by the Great Recession and despite the steady, albeit gradual, recovery in chemicals markets since then, M&A has not return...
 
 
 
 
About 18 months ago, we singled out a disruption pattern that has finally arrived as the chemical industry is experiencing plummeting world oil prices, which means that changes to competitiveness, investment and trade patterns in chemicals are ine...
 
 
 
 
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...
 
 
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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...

 
Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah, Managing Director, has more than 11 years of extensive consulting experience across Chemicals, Mining and Oil & Gas industries. ...

 
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 ...

 
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...

 
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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