Delving Deeper into Value Chain Collaboration.
The previous edition of C3X found that the chemical industry can generate additional sales of up to EUR 25 billion in Europe alone if it is able to better exploit the benefits of supplier-customer collaboration across value chains.
Participate in the 2013 C3X Study
As of 31 May 2013, executives of the chemical industry and its customer industries can take part in the latest edition of the A.T. Kearney and CHEManager Europe Study: Chemical Customer Connectivity Index (C3X).
Special Survey Sections
This seventh C3X edition will continue to examine the opportunities that can arise from collaboration and will look into what has changed over the past twelve months with regard to increased collaboration. It will explore how collaboration can change a company's approach to innovation and what benefits this can generate.
- Are there benefits from increasing open innovation that outweigh the benefits of original, patent-protected research?
- How willing are suppliers and customers to share information on requirements to make sure they have better targeted innovation available?
In addition, C3X will look at the consequences of structural relocation within the chemical industry. The relevance of this topic is being fueled by the increasing use of new energy sources, such as unconventional gas and oil sands. The shale gas development in the U.S. is playing a particularly important role in this context. In this special section, the survey will address aspects such as:
- Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.?
- In which geographies and countries do companies plan to invest in manufacturing capacity?
- What can companies do to remain competitive in light of these trends?
Apart from these two special sections, the survey will continue with the standard set of questions on customer requirements and customer interface priorities. It will also once again deal with the cyclical outlook and cast a light on the consequences of the ongoing financial instability in Europe.
Joining the Panel
Between now and 28 June 2013, executives of chemical companies as well as executives from customer industries, such as the automotive, pharmaceuticals, construction, paper, and consumer goods industries, are invited to take part in the survey.
By doing so, they can make a significant contribution toward improving both parties' understanding of the issues that are crucial at the interface between the chemical and the customer industries. Answering the questions of this survey will take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes. All information will be treated in strict confidence and only anonymous data will be included in the overall evaluation.
As an incentive, participants will receive the results of the survey in an exclusively edited form. The results will also be published in the September issue of CHEManager Europe.