Overseas companies that, like Cabot, have invested in meeting compliance standards are “in a more advantage[d] position as compared to some local competitors that may not have,” said Keohane.
“We are seeing that in carbon black and, as I talk to a number of chemical company peers, they are seeing that same trend,” he added. “That levelling of the playing field, I think, is a good thing."
Keohane went on to indicate that China’s tightened regulatory environment was already leading to capacity ‘curtailments’ and even shutdowns –helping to support price increases.
“We are certainly seeing that play out and we are pleased with the developments there,” said the Cabot boss.
Comments sourced from a 3 Aug, Q3 conference call transcript by Seeking Alpha.