The Urethane Blog

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 07 – Green Lights and Bailouts

GREEN LIGHT: It’s that unwonted time of year again, the slow drag of December selloffs has finalized, and the purchasing department dogs are let loose. BAILOUTS: Once an economic downturn presents itself in grandiose enough manner to be leveraged, victimhood goes in vogue.

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 06 – Private Equity Kings

Dry powder in abundance, the PE boys are looking to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs to build platforms of scale, promising the power of a national operation while keeping local relationships and an entrepreneurial culture. [Company Name] could be an excellent partner.

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 05 – Trade Shows

everchem update vol 05 trade shows are back

Speeches can be streamed, exhibit booths can be power-pointed and screen-shared, but it all pales in comparison to in-person networking. Trade shows are back!

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 04 – Cost Cutting and Quiet Quitters

When times are good, monster bureaucratic companies go on hiring sprees. They fill a few much-needed positions, double up key roles, triple their salesforce and quadruple their dinner outings with the expectation of quintupling MoM sales. Bull markets, baby. When things naturally take a turn downward, implementation of the infamous cost-cutting begins.

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 03 – Empty Promises

Shortages are not unique to the urethane industry, but the promises made at the peak of last year’s turmoil ring at a peculiar frequency. Indeed, desperate times will call on desperate measures. Water is also wet. But the SMEs that made supply-chain miracles happen as little as twelve months ago are expecting their promised exchange of future business to deliver. They’ve been waiting. They’re still waiting.

EVERCHEM UPDATE: VOL. 02 – Nearshoring

Multi-national companies have always had the option to move their primary production hubs as markets and costs shift, but what about small and medium enterprises?