Chemicals

What we do

Bain experts have undertaken projects across the chemicals industry, covering all major subsectors, in every region including the following areas:

  • Petrochemicals, organic base chemicals and intermediates
  • Inorganic base chemicals
  • Polymers and plastics
  • Specialty and performance chemicals
  • Agrochemicals
  • Fine chemicals
  • Industrial biochemicals/biomaterials

Working jointly with our clients, we develop solutions based on proprietary insights to address management challenges and unlock significant value in the following functional areas, to name a few:

  • Corporate and business unit strategy: Our work focuses on the most important sources of business value based on a keen understanding of the regulatory and competitive environments.
  • Customer insights: Bain helps clients build a loyal customer base and expand that base through marketing and branding strategy.
  • Salesforce and marketing effectiveness: We develop strategic and operational improvements to boost commercial excellence.
  • Operating performance: We help companies increase the effectiveness and efficiency of each of the key elements of the value chain.
  • IT investments: For maximum return, we help chemicals companies develop and realize the full value of their IT assets.
  • High-performance culture: Boost productivity by instilling a culture of high performance that pervades all levels of the organization.
Our perspective

The chemicals industry continues to face unparalleled market and competitive turbulence. Low-cost players and feedstocks are changing the fundamental economics of the industry in unexpected ways, forcing established competitors to rethink their existing footprint and operating models. Dynamic end markets, shifting profit pools and highly variable demand are leading companies to reevaluate time-tested strategies. And all of this is occurring at a pace that leaves little time for managers to reflect on their options.

Companies have responded with a variety of growth and defensive strategies: some have shed traditional lower-margin operations in favor of new markets or products, other companies have pursued wrenching cost reductions to ensure near-term profitability and some have simply retreated from the market either through sale or bankruptcy. Still other organizations have moved aggressively to drive top-line growth by doubling down on serving their best customers to gain share, shifting asset portfolios to attractive future markets and building new go-to-market capabilities.

This turmoil is painful, and the results of these efforts have been mixed. Companies that have been successful in increasing revenue and profits focused on the development of core businesses to their full potential and conducted selective expansion into attractive adjacencies.

Our team

We work as an integrated part of your team, from frontline to C-suite, to deliver true results and make the changes stick. We have a core group of senior chemicals experts that we deploy across the globe.

Our leadership team

  • Mark
  • Mark Porter

    Leader of Bain's Global and EMEA Chemicals practices

    London

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  • Piet
  • Piet de Paepe

    Leader in Bain's EMEA Chemicals practice

    Brussels

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  • John
  • John Sequeira

    Leader in Bain's Asia Pacific Chemicals practice

    Hong Kong

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  • Seung Taek
  • Seung Taek Shim

    Leader in Bain's Asia Pacific Chemicals practice

    Seoul

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  • Peter
  • Peter Guarraia

    Leader of Bain's Americas Chemicals practice

    Chicago

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  • Jason
  • Jason McLinn

    Leader in Bain's Americas Chemicals practice

    Chicago

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  • Christophe
  • Christophe de Mahieu

    Leader in Bain's EMEA Chemicals practice

    Dubai

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In addition to the leaders listed above, we have an extensive and diverse team of experts ready to serve the needs of clients worldwide. Please contact us to submit a business inquiry.