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Chemicals

"Chemicals are part of everybody's life" – That may be the best way to describe one of the most diverse and global industries. Naturally, the challenges faced are just as varied as the industry. They differ depending on each company's position in the value chain, product portfolio and region, to name but a few.

In brief

Companies in the chemicals industry are extremely diverse. They produce millions of tons of commodities such as methanol and polyethylene. But they must also be able to produce tiny volumes of specialty chemicals. Just as varied are their challenges and success factors. What's more, chemical companies are often at the center of public attention, given technological sensitivity and safety issues.

The global chemicals industry faces a wide range of challenges

  • Serving a client base that is moving out of old economies to fast growing economies like China and India
  • Coping with the production of base chemicals and commodities based on cheap gas and coal, mainly in the Middle East and China
  • Competing with new players in either growth regions or low-cost feedstock regions. Contrary to many old economy production facilities, production there is based on large plants and the latest technology
  • Strengthening business models with high value-added products and services, increasing customer orientation to sustain and improve margins
  • Dealing with new shareholder structures and new rules, driven by increasing private equity commitments
  • Positioning itself as a major contributor to solving global challenges such as cutting down energy consumption and preserving resources

The global chemicals team of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants is as international as the industry it serves. It covers mature markets like Western Europe as well as booming consumer regions like China and upcoming production regions in the Middle East.

The chemicals team provides a comprehensive range of consulting services covering topics from strategy (e.g. value chain positioning, M&A) to operational excellence (e.g. pricing, supply chain management, organization). Roland Berger's exceptional experience with sectors that are clients or suppliers to the chemical industry helps us deliver tangible and sustainable results for chemical companies. This expertise is rounded off by extensive experience in non-core but equally important topics such as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Our experts

Belgium

Frank Lateur

Partner

Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 66103-37
E-mail: e-mail

 

Canada

Serge Lhoste

Partner

Montréal, Canada
Phone: +1 514 875 2000
E-mail: e-mail

 

France

Michel Jacob

Partner, Member of the GEC

Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53670-936
E-mail: e-mail

 

Germany

Martin Erharter

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230-8414
E-mail: e-mail

 
Alexander Keller

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 4389-2127
E-mail: e-mail

 
Neil Checker

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 4389 - 2237
E-mail: e-mail

 
Walter Pfeiffer

Partner

Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 4389-2226
E-mail: e-mail

 
Frank Steffen

Partner

Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 9230 - 8665
E-mail: e-mail

 

Greater China

Bruce Liu

Partner

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 52986677-858
E-mail: e-mail

 
Watson Liu

Partner

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088-618
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jennifer Wilson

Principal

Hong Kong, Greater China
Phone: +852 3757 9480
E-mail: e-mail

 
Alex Xu

Principal

Shanghai, Greater China
Phone: +86 21 5298 6677-122
E-mail: e-mail

 
Fanny Zhang

Partner

Beijing, Greater China
Phone: +86 10 84400088
E-mail: e-mail

 

Italy

Paolo Massardi

Partner

Milan, Italy
Phone: +39 02 29501-218
E-mail: e-mail

 

Japan

Martin Tonko

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Hitoshi Kaise

Principal

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 
Ryuji Ono

Partner

Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3 35876-660
E-mail: e-mail

 

Korea

Hyeoksoo Lee

Director

Seoul, Korea
Phone: +82 2 2010 8925
E-mail: e-mail

 
Martin Tonko

Partner

Seoul, Korea
Phone: +82 2 738-6100
E-mail: e-mail

 

Netherlands

Alexander Belderok

Partner

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Benno van Dongen

Partner

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Erwin Douma

Principal

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960 - 618
E-mail: e-mail

 
David Frans

Principal

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 7960-621
E-mail: e-mail

 

Southeast Asia

Anthonie Versluis

Partner

Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia
Phone: +603-2203 8600
E-mail: e-mail

 

United Kingdom

Chris Cardinal

Principal

London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0 20 3075 -1100
E-mail: e-mail

 
Neil Checker

Partner

London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0 20 3075 -1100
E-mail: e-mail

 

USA

Frederic Choumert

Principal

Boston, USA
Phone: +1 617 310-6600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Robert Henske

Managing Partner

Boston, USA
Phone: +1 617 310-6600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Gillian Morris

Principal

Chicago, USA
Phone: +1 312 662-5500
E-mail: e-mail

 
Robert Peterson

Partner

Chicago, USA
Phone: +1 312 662-5500
E-mail: e-mail

 
Shashin Shah

Principal

Boston, USA
Phone: +1 617 310-6600
E-mail: e-mail

 
Jonathon Wright

Partner

Boston, USA
Phone: +1 617 310-6600
E-mail: e-mail

 

Further reading

The winners – How chemical companies deliver superior shareholder value

THINK ACT, 2014

Over the last 15 years, our extensive strategy work in the chemicals industry has led us to take a deep look into how chemical companies create value for their shareholders …  >>

 
Portfolio management in the chemical industry

THINK ACT – short study, 2014

There is clearly an ongoing portfolio management trend in the chemical industry. "WINNERS" achieve superior shareholder returns by delivering consistent profitable growth …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT - North American oil and gas sector

think: act CONTENT, 2013

The North American oil and gas industry is in flux. Exploration and production operators are now evaluating what they have learned from the first wave of growth …  >>

 
Lubricants - How will changes in the automotive industry affect lubricants in 2025?

Presentation to the ICIS world conference, 2013

During the 17th edition of ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants conference, our partner William Downey gave a speech on "Automotive 2025 - key global trends and the impact on lubricants" …  >>

 
Global petrochemicals – Who is really benefitting from the growth in the new world?

Study, 2012

In this study our experts analyze the current situation across the petrochemical industry and outline possible solutions …  >>

 
think: act CONTENT "Chemicals 2030"

think: act CONTENT, 2011

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,” wrote L.P. Hartley. The same may be said of the future. For chemicals, at least, the future is a different world …  >>

 
A different world –  Chemicals 2030

Study, 2011

Over the next 20 years, the chemicals market will more than double. However, at the same time, critical developments will stifle margins and growth rates …  >>

 
IndiaChem 2010

Handbook on Indian Chemical Industry, 2010

This comprehensive Report prepared by FICCI and Tata Strategic Management Group in cooperation with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants would help potential foreign and domestic investors in understanding the vast investment opportunities available in Indian Chemical Industry …  >>

 
The Middle East - A region on the move

Speech, 2010

The opportunities and pitfalls for the chemical industry in the Middle East and North Africa region were at the heart of the conference on "The Chemical Industry in the Middle East in 2020", held in Essen …  >>

 

Press releases

November 27, 2013

Global oil reserves have increased over the years even though oil production has expanded significantly over the last four decades …  >>

November 26, 2013

The expert on management in the chemicals and food industry is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clariant AG in Switzerland and an operational partner at Advent International GmbH …  >>

July 30, 2013

The shale gas phenomenon and its potential to change the game of US economy …  >>

November 11, 2012

Rising oil and gas prices, growing demand from Asia and other emerging economies and strong global competition are presenting petrochemical companies with new challenges …  >>

Paints and coatings market

Read the article of Alexander Keller published in CHE Manager   on the future of the European paints and coatings industry. (Article in German)
The English version of the article can downloaded here. (PDF, 61 KB)

ICIS Sponsorship

Roland Berger Strategy Consulting has stepped up to take the overall sponsorship of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2013.   It will award the prize to the overall winner this year, as well as sponsor the Best Product Innovation category. Read more about our partnering with the ICIS award 2012.  

Visit the website to our study "Chemicals 2030"

Chemicals 2030 - An independent global study