The chemicals industry continues to see high levels of M&A activity with mega-mergers and repeated bolt-on acquisitions being the order of the day. Large corporates in the industry are seeking acquisitions as means to mitigate the effects of lower organic growth. They are also looking to counteract new entrants, lower rates of innovation in their own businesses and difficulties in differentiating products. Acquisitions also allow many stock market-listed groups to focus activities on areas that generate greater returns and thereby improving their own ratings.
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