JPS Luncheon: T. Kevin Swift, “The Economic State of the Chemical Industry: A Long-Term View”

T. Kevin Swift

T. Kevin Swift

For the past 22 years T. Kevin Swift has produced for the chemical industry an annual economic report and a forecast of the U.S. and global chemical industry. Swift monitors business conditions and identifies emerging trends for the domestic and global chemical sector. He also disseminates the economic and societal contributions of the business of chemistry and general information about the industry to American Chemistry Council member companies, the media, Wall Street analysts, the academic community, and the general public.

On January 10th, 2013, Swift presented “The Economic State of the Chemical Industry: A Long-Term View” during this installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series.

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About the Keynote

At the American Chemistry Council, Kevin Swift is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation. In his remarks he examined the long-term growth of the U.S. chemical industry since the 19th century and that of the global chemical industry since World War II. He discussed major themes of investment and technology, as well as trends in growth, trade, and energy use. Swift also touched on how the chemical industry benefits modern society and our economy, followed by an analysis of the forces moving the chemical industry and the likely outlook.

About the Speaker

T. Kevin Swift was born in Buffalo, New York, and from an early age was fascinated by industry. He started his career at Dow Chemical and before joining the American Chemistry Council held executive and senior-level positions at several business research companies.

Swift has completed the Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting Program and other studies at Harvard University as well as studies at the University of Oxford. He is an adjunct professor of business economics for the M.B.A. program at the University of Mary Washington. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and of NABE’s panel of 40 professional forecasters, and recently served on the NABE board of directors. Swift also serves as a member of the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists and participates in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s forecasters’ survey. Swift is a member of the Association of Christian Economists, the National Economists Club, the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the United States Association for Energy Economics.

He has earned degrees from Ashland College, Case Western Reserve University, and Anglia Polytechnic University in Chelmsford, U.K.

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