Consolidation, patent-dispute resolution in polyolefins industry affect partnerships, licensing

The changes under way in the polyolefins industry are having dramatic implications on producer competitiveness and technological development.The combination of industry consolidation and recent intellectual-property resolutions in metallocene and single-site catalysts (SSCs) has altered the playing field. These two changes underscore the importance of technological capabilities and access.Investors favor companies that combine production scale and technological scope as industry leaders. They expect related growth and investment returns from these firms.Companies that are not leaders are relegated to the role of follower and are forced to seek partnerships and alliances or become targets ...

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