The U.S. Chemical Industry:
Pivoting to Growth and Competitive Advantage

Like many other industries that have long been mainstays of the U.S. economy, the chemicals business has been buffeted by a challenging few years. Today, however, the U.S. chemical industry forecasts are favorable. Access to stable, cost-effective feedstock and energy sources drives these positive prospects, as does the regaining of global competitive edge.

With an average of more than 20 years of experience serving industrial clients, our bankers understand the challenges in the business of chemicals and have the expertise to understand your unique needs and the ability to assess your financial operating requirements quickly. We offer a broad range of financing options and banking solutions, and our goal is to recommend the most effective approach to help you finance growth, manage cyclicality, control costs and operate more efficiently.

Supported by experts from Citizens’ Corporate Finance and Capital Markets as well as Asset-Based Lending and Treasury Solutions teams, our chemicals industry insight enables delivery of solutions that support both your current objectives and long-term success, including:

  • Commercial Financing to provide working capital, support equipment purchases and leases, expand production facilities or enable sustained expansion
  • Capital Markets capabilities to provide sophisticated advice and access to debt and equity capital markets for restructuring, recapitalizations or corporate development
  • Comprehensive Treasury Management solutions to streamline receivables and payables processes and optimize liquidity
  • Global Trade Finance services and tools to streamline and secure international supply chain management

PERSPECTIVES

A Reshoring Success Story: How the U.S. Chemicals Sector Has Regained a Global Competitive Edge

The U.S. shale gas boom has powered significant advantages for domestic chemicals manufacturers, but the magnitude of the industry growth may be surprising. With $191.3 billion in total 2014 exports, the U.S. chemicals industry is one of the largest export segments in the nation, accounting for nearly 14% of exports. While other nations may offer substantial energy resources and cheaper labor, the U.S. leads on the critical dimensions of manufacturing efficiency, industry knowledge and ease of doing business.

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The Regional Advantage: Catalysts to Chemicals Industry Growth

The advantages afforded to chemicals producers based in the Mid-Atlantic, southern New England and northern Midwest states date back to the industry’s foundation in the early 19th century. Today, innovation hubs anchored on some of the finest educational institutions in the world, transportation networks that deliver cost-effective logistics, and an educated and efficient workforce all add to the shale gas advantage in the region.

Download now to understand the modern-day advantages the region offers to chemicals firms—and equally important, the economic benefits of the chemicals industry to the local, state and regional economies.

The Chemicals Industry in 2015: Where and How It’s Growing

Prospects for the U.S. chemicals industry are promising in 2015, as the ripple effect of increased oil and natural gas production continues to spur investment among chemicals firms that support extraction and refinement. Meanwhile, the economic rebound in industries dependent on chemicals products and processes should also drive growth. As CEOs seek to expand R&D and increase production capacity, some will look for M&A opportunities with firms that share common synergies.

Download now to explore the catalysts of growth among chemicals manufacturers and affiliated suppliers in 2015, and learn where pockets of opportunity are likely to lead to collaboration and consolidation.

If you would like to speak with an experienced banker about your chemicals business, and learn more about our expertise in and approach to supporting the banking needs of the chemicals industry, please contact me directly.

Daniel J. Astolfi
Senior Vice President
610.832.5686
daniel.j.astolfi@citizensbank.com
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