Paul Cherry of Basell gave an excellent paper at the recent ICIS Olefins Conference - Download file
Paul offers some hints on how to survive the next downturn, and provides some sobering predictions on operating rates.
I bet that after 2009-10, or whenever the next downturn arrives, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan will further restructure. And what about Thailand? Is it building too much capacity based on the mistaken belief that it can become a major finished-goods manufacturing hub?
And as for China, its dominance will grow and returning a profit from China will not become any easier.