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Innovation and pricing seen as most important in the Chemical industry today

The Financial Year by -- The chemical industry in Europe is facing various economic problems: long life-cycles result in margin decays, Asian competitors bring heavy price-pressure into the market and costs saving measures seem to be exhausted. However, various methods and possibilities still do exist in order to increase company's profitability – the most important being value pricing. The central idea of value pricing is to measure the customers perceived value (i.e. “his willingness to pay up to X”) and to set the price accordingly. However investigation on this topic proofed that most companies in the chemical industry have no or limited professional pricing methods since pricing seems to be perceived as not manageable. This is an amazing finding, as value pricing is the most powerful lever for profitability increases.

Arthur D. Little, jointly with Warwick Business School, conducted a pricing survey with the participation of managers from all chemical industry segments in which measures for profitability increases were investigated.

The results show that managers believe innovation to be important for market success with the latest and promising trend being value based pricing. The majority of interviewees indicate that in the future customer specific contribution margins will play a more significant role. Among other interesting insights of the survey is the finding that it is not sufficient to introduce professional price finding methods in the company. The key success factor is the commitment and alignment of the top-management that will translate into sales force's pricing rules. Overall intuitive negotiating should be avoided and a systematic and structured approach be introduced.

Innovation and pricing are the topics most discussed in the chemical industry today. Survey results give evidence for the positive sensitivity effect of professional pricing. Price increases of 1 % lever the profit (EBIT) by 8 %. Variable costs and sales volumes - being considered key performance indicators by top management - have a lesser effect: changes of 1 % lever profit (EBIT) by 4 % on average.

Bearing this in mind, it is particularly interesting that for roughly half of the interviewees pricing is not considered as a top management issue, although optimized pricing could offer attractive opportunities.

The European Pricing Platform (EPP) together with premium sponsor PROS and corporate sponsor Microsoft will host its first Pricing and Profit Optimization forum on chemicals on the 26th & 27th of June at the Radisson Stockholm Waterfront Congress center****. This high-profile, two-day event will bring together leaders from finance, sales, marketing, pricing and all those involved in pricing decision making to address current operational and strategic challenges companies in the chemical industry are facing today.

Day one treats topics which learn you how to manage your value and commodity portfolio, how to avoid value dilution, how to ensure your reactivity in execution in a volatile market, how to use new value capturing models, how to prepare the off-patent life cycle and many more. Practitioners faced daily with these challenges will share their knowledge. On day one these will be representatives from Dupont, Preem AB, GEMS and MarketAbility, DowCorning etcetera.

Day two will learn you how you can make it happen. What you need to do to change the pricing maturity of your organization. Day two speakers include representatives from Bayer CropScience OMV Group and BASF.

About EPP
European Pricing Platform is a ‘Not-for-Profit’ knowledge sharing place focused to support business management, pricing and profit optimization professionals and CxO-level executives in Europe over a variety of industries and sectors. Our target is to update the pricing and Profit Optimization know-how of the business manager. Our mission is to be the on- and offline pricing media for international decision makers in a wide range of industries. The interactive sharing, collecting and development of pricing and profit optimization knowledge are the key elements of our platform. To learn more visit:

About PROS
PROS Holdings, Inc. PRO -0.11% is a leading provider of prescriptive pricing and revenue management software for companies in the manufacturing, distribution, services and travel industries. PROS gives customers far greater confidence and agility in their pricing strategies by providing data-driven insights into transaction profitability, forecasting demand, recommending optimal prices for each product and deal, and streamlining pricing processes with enhanced controls and compliance. With more than $465 billion in revenues under management, PROS has implemented more than 500 solutions in more than 50 countries. The PROS team comprises more than 500 professionals, including 100 with advanced degrees and 25 with Ph.D.s. To learn more, visit

About Microsoft
At Microsoft we are motivated and inspired every day by our customers who use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. Microsoft offers a wide range of innovative products and services designed to help individuals and organizations realize their full potential. Microsoft's philosophy is to help developers achieve success with a comprehensive, integrated platform. Whatever your dreams, passions or profession, Microsoft creates software that helps you reach your potential. To learn more, visit

European Pricing Platform

Mercredi 6 Juin 2012

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