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Deloitte predicts rise in global chemical industry M&A activity in 2014

M&A activity for the global chemical industry will likely increase on 2014 due to downstream value-added opportunities, continued strength in specialty chemicals, and portfolio realignments in North America.

That is according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) 2014 Global chemical industry mergers and acquisitions outlook, which also projects M&A growth in 2014 as companies focus on key ends markets including agrochemicals, bio-based/green chemicals, and health and nutrition.
"This year developing megatrends like expanding global middle class, population growth, and food security will influence global chemical M&A opportunities in end markets such as agrochemicals, as well as impact M&A activity in various regions," says Dan Schweller, DTTL global manufacturing M&A leader. "Also, North America M&A activity will likely increase as chemical companies continue to pursue large structural portfolio realignments."

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