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Fine Chemicals: The Industry and the Business Hardcover – April 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470627679 ISBN-10: 0470627670 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470627670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470627679
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

"I would recommend it to anyone working with or within the fine chemicals industry." (Chemistry & Industry, 5 December 2011)


From the Back Cover

Now updated - the authoritative reference on one of the most exciting and challenging areas of the modern chemical industry

This highly readable and informative reference continues to take a comprehensive, in-depth view of the products, markets, and technology of the fine chemicals industry and business. Dr. Peter Pollak, one of the foremost authorities in the field, provides an insider's unique perspective on fine chemicals from both a technological and a commercial viewpoint, covering all recent developments. He provides ample facts and figures including sixty-three tables, thirty figures, and nineteen photo inserts - making this a well-illustrated and documented text.

This reference is divided into three parts:

  • Part One: The Industry discusses the types of fine chemical companies, the range of products and services, the role of research and development, the underlying technologies, and the challenges facing management

  • Part Two: The Business explores the key markets for fine chemicals - such as the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and animal health industries - and the relevant marketing strategies, as well as the ins and outs of pricing, distribution channels, intellectual property rights, account management, and promotion

  • Part Three: Outlook examines trends such as globalization and outsourcing, forecasts future growth and development by industry segment, and discusses prerequisites for success in the field

This new edition features both updated and new information on the offer/demand balance for fine chemicals and the escalating impact of emerging companies in Asia, particularly from China and India. It describes the inversion of the mergers and acquisitions scenario from a seller's to a buyer's market, the broadening of the fine chemical business model, and the expanding role of biotechnology, as well as the impact of increased outsourcing of chemical manufacturing and the growing consumption of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals by the life science industry. Also included are numerous molecular structures, engineering diagrams, and tables to facilitate understanding.

For a thorough understanding of the technology, the business, and the future of the fine chemicals industry, this book's insight is unprecedented. It is ideally suited for those in the industry - including employees, suppliers, customers, investors, and consulting companies - as well as academic and other research organizations, students and educators, public officials, media representatives, and anyone else who wants to understand the intricacies of the industry.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hongyi Wang on August 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A brief, accurate and rare insider look at fine chemicals industry.

As a practioner in the industry I found the material to be useful as an all-around introduction. The description of fine chemicals industry's R&D function was almost exactly true to the point by my own experience. The business side is quite educational for a technical person like me.

It should be valuable to everybody in the industry to get an idea of the whole picture and help to understand what the others are contributing in your organization / industry.
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Book covers quite a bit that can't be found elsewhere.

Mote the Kindle version is absolutely unreadable on the IOS iPad Kindle application. It actually is ok under the Kindle for Mac.
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By Alejandro Lacalle on April 14, 2010
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The book covers in a very concise and professional way the key elements of the activity. It includes a very useful scorecard to monitor the performance of a Fine Chemicals' operation.
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