06 April 2011 14:22 [Source: ICIS news]
ANTWERP (ICIS)--The chemical industry must learn to manage uncertainty in the face of unexpected crises, an executive at global logistics company Agility said on Wednesday.
“Our industry is very vulnerable from what is happening in end-user markets.
"We must learn to modify our behaviour to accommodate crises and put more flexibility in our response to them,” ?xml:namespace>
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He added that the chemical logistics sector will continue to face increasing complexity from stricter regulatory controls, new and emerging markets, as well as customers’ calls for shorter delivery times.
Chemical companies will have to decide too between having complex and simple supply chains, Ridge said.
“Complex supply chains may deliver more value but they have greater exposure to risk and uncertainty. Simple supply chains may not deliver the efficiency desired but they are more likely to be robust in the face of uncertainty,” he said.
The conference runs through Thursday.
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