Global Business Reports


Naomi Sutorius-Lavoie, Tom Daly, Jodi Hackett

Czech Republic Chemicals 2005

August 25, 2005

With the Czech Republic now over a year into life as a fully fledged member of the European Union, its government is proudly pointing to higher exports thanks to accession. However, many claim that joining the EU was of little consequence, since all the necessary groundwork in conforming to EU standards was carried out in the years preceding accession. In the chemical sector the reaction to EU membership is far from consistent. The most positive response came from Spolchemie, situated close to Germany in Usti nad Labem and a real key player in epoxy resins, who now considers the entire European Union its domestic market.

Yet for many smaller companies, any hopes that EU membership would enable them to penetrate traditional Western European have been dashed. Due to the saturation of markets in these countries, Czech companies lack the capacity and ambition to look to the West and have their sites fixed on Eastern markets.


Haldor Topsoe discusses the potential for energy transition in Latin America.
Pochteca offers a portfolio of over 7,300 industrial products to clients throughout Latin America.
INEOS Styrolution explains the current market dynamics of the America’s and how it’s various units are coping.
Unigel Mexico laments the country’s inadequate feedstock production.


Pan African Resources is a mid-tier African-focused gold producer listed in Johannesburg and on the AIM market in London.